Course Overview

Addressing Opioid & Mental Health Crises

This presentation will cover the evolutionary description and function of naturally produced chemicals and address Opioid Crisis awareness, prevention, and treatment.
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2021 Annual Conference

October 29-31, 2021

Required Lessons

1 lesson with video, quiz, and evaluation

Time to Complete

60 minutes

Non-CME Eligible*

CME Expired
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Course Info
Course Faculty

What you will learn

 Course Summary

This course will present a call to action in addressing the Opioid Crisis. The following points will be presented:

Current Statistical Data:
  • Up to date state and national numbers commonly not available to the public
  • Statistics on opioid use, associated death rates, and law enforcement

Risk Factors:
  • Addiction rates based on prescription length of time and number of pills
  • Mental Health’s role in addiction
  • Societal influences on addiction

Clinical Effects of Opioids:
  • Mechanism of actions
  • Opioid receptors in the body
  • Effects on body systems

Biochemistry of Feel-Good Chemicals:
  • Evolutionary description and function of naturally produced chemicals
  • Cortisol’s catastrophic role in chemical disruption
  • Relationship of chemicals made vs chemicals taken

Historical Perspective of how the Crisis Evolved o Pharma corruption:
  • Government corruption and missteps
  • VA Complicit o Physicians Complicit
The Path to Overdose Deaths:
  • Overprescribed opioids
  • Tolerance vs dependence vs addiction
  • Introduction of Fentanyl and Carfentanil

Awareness, Prevention and Treatment:
  • Awareness – public, medicine and legislators 
  • Prevention – upstream strategies
  • Treatment – pre-medication, pre-addiction and during addiction

Integrative Medicine’s Role:
  • All modalities to the rescue
  • My personal fight and experience with medicine, government and Hollywood
  • Crisis winning strategies – It Takes a Village

 Course Objectives

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Understand the most current statistics on the opioid crisis.
  • Understand the history of the opioid crisis and the overlapping influences of mental health.
  • Understand the neurochemistry behind addiction susceptibility and addiction in process.
  • Understand how to help make a difference.
See course outline below for additional information.

This course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • 1 Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Faculty

John Rosa, DC


Dr. John Rosa owns and supervises Accessible Beltway Clinics, which is comprised of 17 clinics in Maryland and Virginia, combining medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture and behavioral medicine to give a com prehensive multidisciplinary approach to pain syndromes and musculoskeletal disorders. Active in sports medicine with consulting/treating college, professional and Olympic athletes. Creator of 24/7 RnR an FDA approved analgesic cream; a proprietary blend o f the most potent materials resulting in the most effective product on the market for pain Relief and aiding Recovery. Founder of Accessible Wellness Solutions – an onsite corporate wellness program offering consulting, lectures and management of onsite cl inics.


No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.

Accreditation and CME

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and/or the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.

Course Outline

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity. All required course activities must be completed to earn any eligible continuing education credit(s) and obtain a certificate of completion for this course.