Basics of Pharmacology and Opioids

This course will explore the pharmacology of opioids. The presenter will cover how opioid addiction impacts major brain regions and the acute and chronic symptoms associated with opioid use. Specific features of opioid dependence and withdrawal will be discussed specifically symptoms that occur when a person is discontinuing their use.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define addiction and how it impacts regions of the brain.
  2. Describe the acute and chronic effects of opioid use and withdrawal



Ron Jackson

Ron Jackson, MSW, LICSWis a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work where he teaches courses on addiction and its treatment methods. He recently retired as the Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS), a private non-profit organization, in Seattle, Washington, that provides outpatient opioid treatment in clinics in western Washington and street-based case management services for homeless persons with substance misuse disorders (REACH Program) in Seattle. He served for 10 years as a Co-Principal Investigator for the Washington Node of NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network and is currently on the Advisory Board for the NWATTC.  Mr. Jackson has worked in the field of addiction treatment since 1972.

June 15, 2020
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