Managing opioid use disorder in pediatrics

July 6, 2020

A presentation examines the latest pediatric opioid mortality information.

As the opioid epidemic has continued to increase, the number of pediatric cases has continued to climb, with a 268% increase in pediatric opioid mortality from 1999 to 2016. A presentation at the virtual National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 2020 Annual Meeting addressed the issue.

Kristin Hittle Gigli, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC, CCRN, a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania covered the patterns that can be found when opioids are used to manage pain. She also discussed the effects of unrelieved pain. Gigli also covered the current best guidelines for treating neonatal abstinence syndrome, but underscored that there is still much to learn about the subject.

Finally, she discussed adolescent opioid misuse, which impacts 1 in 5 adolescents, and the issues that could be linked to misuse. Treatment options included medications and behavioral therapy.Man

For more on the lecture, check out our sister publication Contemporary Clinic.