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Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members

Thu April 9, 2015: 11:00 am-12:00 pm EDT

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Narcotic medications may be prescribed for a variety of treatments, primarily pain management, anxiety, and sleep disorders. With conditions such as chronic pain, another treatment or prescription may be given with narcotic prescriptions to augment and extend the effect of these medications.

In this presentation, military professionals will learn about various classes of narcotics, along with their actions, interactions with other medications, and the potential dependence it may cause for wounded warriors. The presentation will also highlight differences in the therapies for acute and chronic pain management, as well as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The important role of military professionals, who work with the service member and families, to understand medication management will also be explored.

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Kristin L. Kuhlmann, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Director, West Texas A&M University Health Partners Clinic

Captain Nancy Turrubiates, MSN, RN
United States Army Reserve
Instructor of Nursing, West Texas A&M University

Continuing Education (CE) Credit OR Certificate of Completion

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