Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members

Narcotic medications may be prescribed for a variety of treatments, primarily pain management, anxiety, and sleep disorders. With conditions such as chronic pain, another treatment or prescription may be given with narcotic prescriptions to augment and extend the effect of these medications.

In the presentation military professionals will learn about various classes of narcotics, along with their actions, interactions with other medications, and the potential dependence it may cause for wounded warriors. The presentation will also highlight differences in the therapies for acute and chronic pain management, as well as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The important role of military professionals, who work with the service member and families, to understand medication management will also be explored.


Kristin L. Kuhlmann, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Director, West Texas A&M University Health Partners Clinic

Captain Nancy Turrubiates, MSN, RN
United States Army Reserve
Instructor of Nursing, West Texas A&M University

Continuing Education (CE) Credit OR Certificate of Completion

How to Join the Webinar:

  • To connect to this webinar, which is hosted by DoD, you must install security certificates if you are not on a military installation. Instructions for accessing the 'live' session can be found at:
  • For those who cannot connect to the Adobe site, an alternative viewing of this webinar will be running on Ustream 
  • Also you can connect to the Adobe webinars using the iPhone, iPad, and Droid apps. Search for DCO Connect in the respective stores.
  • No registration is required.

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