150. Nutrition Interventions Amidst an Opioid Crisis: The Emerging Role of the RDN

Sunday, October 21
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 151 AB
CE: 1.0
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141098

Course Tracks: Current Events

The evolving opioid crisis continues to create a devastating impact on individuals, families, communities, and the healthcare system. Emerging evidence supports the positive impact of nutrition interventions during recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. This presentation will outline the various roles of the RDN as a member of the treatment team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the impact of opioids on nutritional status and gastrointestinal health.
  • Identify common disordered and dysfunctional eating patterns common to opioid-addicted populations.
  • Implement nutrition therapy protocols for specific substances including opioids and for polysubstance abuse.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 5350 – Substance abuse, alcoholism
  • 5200 – Disordered eating (disease/disorder)
  • 4090 – Health behaviors: smoking cessation, stress management

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.3.1 Designs programs and/or interventions based on assessment and evidence-based literature.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.
  • 9.6.1 Determines and applies counseling theories, psychological methods and strategies that empower customers to make changes.


  • Tammy Beasley, RDN

    Vice President of Clinical Nutrition Services


  • Session Speaker(s)

  • David Wiss, MS, RD


    Nutrition in Recovery