Last updated on July 23rd, 2021 at 11:17 am

Opioid misuse has been identified as a national public health crisis. AgriSafe has developed a series of trainings for health care professionals to help them better respond to the unique and often overlooked needs of people working in agriculture.

Continuing Health Professional Education is available for the four webinars listed below through a partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center. One hour of continuing education is available for each webinar.

This continuing education opportunity is free to licensed health care providers in the state of Mississippi. For health care providers outside of Mississippi, continuing education is available for $40 per CE hour.

  1. Talking to Farmers About Pain – The occupational hazards that farmers face put them at an increased risk for acute and chronic pain as a result of ergonomic repetition, accident, or surgical procedure. This module will focus on how to transform the conversation between provider and patient to improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction.
  2. Assessment of Opioid Misuse Risk Among Farmers – Prescribing opioids to farmer populations that may not seek regular treatment or have access to alternative therapies increases the risk for potential opioid misuse. This module will seek to provide insight on misuse risk factors among farmers to better inform healthcare providers on warning signs in this specific cohort.
  3. Safety-Sensitivity of Opioid Use in Agriculture – Farm duties frequently demand the use of heavy machinery, and concurrent use of opioids with safety-sensitive work can be very dangerous. The module will educate healthcare providers on how best to manage occupational duties alongside providing adequate patient care which will help prevent further agricultural opioid misuse.
  4. Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose In 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General called for increased awareness and availability of naloxone, the opioid antagonist, to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. This module will share information from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to help employers and workers understand the risk of opioid overdose and the role of naloxone.

These training modules are intended for various health care professionals, including: Physician- AMA; Dental- ADA CERP; Nursing; Social Work; Pharmacy; CHPE (UMMC) and Emergency Medical Services.

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  • Receive up to 4 hours of continuing education for select disciplines.

  • Earn a digital badge to showcase your new knowledge to your colleagues.

  • Trainings are online and on-demand, so they fit in your schedule.

  • Increase competence in prevention, identification, and assessment of opioid use disorder commonly experienced by people working in agriculture.

As a community health nurse working in a public health role, I have a solid knowledge base to utilize when talking to producers regarding pain and opioid treatment as well as other pain treatment options.

Linda E.

This will be very useful for my work with farmers via Michigan AgrAbility. Thank you.

Ned S.

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