Spotlight on Safety: Recognizing Hazards from Opioid Waste and Associated Infectious Diseases

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On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The increase in the availability of opioid drugs is connected with an increase in opioid drug use and opioid related overdoses. Learn more about this epidemic and understand the true impact of opioid abuse.





Working or volunteering for your community is important, and being equipped to do your job safely is essential. This course will provide a community-level, basic introduction to recognizing hazards that you may encounter with opioid-associated items while you are volunteering or working in parks within your community. To better help you understand the factors associated with the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, this course first provides an overview of opioid drugs, and why these drugs have caused an epidemic.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Real-lif examples
  • Informal assessment quizzes
  • Final assessment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Sections

  • Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
  • Infectious Disease Complications of Drug Use
  • Detect & Redirect

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Categorize prescription opioids and non-prescription opioids.
  • Describe the scope of the opioid epidemic in the United States.
  • Identify hazards associated with opioid-associated items.
  • Describe disease transmission of HIV and hepatitis C.
  • Describe what it means to be observant and proactive, and how to communicate safety risks you see.

Recommended Background

This is an introductory course open to anyone who desires to learn more about the opioid epidemic.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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