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Opioids – Are the Blind Leading the Blind?

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Our Executive Director, Peter Komendowski, will be one of the featured speakers at the next DMU Grand Rounds, Thursday, December 6 at 7am in the Des Moines University Student Education Center Auditorium.


DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, and the medical community.


According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, 2017 was Iowa’s highest year for opioid deaths, up nearly 900% from 2000. The good news is that the number of deaths involving opioids from January to August of 2018 has fallen 35% from 2017. However, there is still much work to be done.


  • Discuss the recent history of narcotic use in the United States.
  • Construct a mental model for compassionate care and solution-focused treatment of opioid abusers.
  • Identify treatment options for opioid addicted persons.
  • Discuss the point-of-view of addicted persons and their caregivers in providing patient-centered care.



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