STEP 238: Managing Problems of Opioid Use in Adult Clients (CE: 1.0)


Opioid analgesics are a group of drugs commonly used to treat the normal predicted physiologic response to an adverse chemical, thermal, or mechanical stimulus that is associated with acute illness, trauma, or surgery. This article discusses the principles, administration, and problems associated with the use of opioid analgesics in the adult population. The themes explored are opioid analgesics, problems associated with their use, and the management of adult clients.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss opioid analgesics
  • Reflect on problems associated with opioids
  • Describe methods of working with adult clients prescribed opioids



Linda Joseph-Massiah, RN, Ph. D., CHE

Robert James, RN, BHSc


Launched: 2002