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American Addiction: The Opioid Epidemic is organized by PharmCon, Inc. and will be held from Feb 21, 2018 - Aug 21, 2020.

Target Audience : Nurse, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician.

Credits : 1 Contact Hour(s)

Conference Description :
Approximately every 15 minutes in our country, a person dies from prescription drug overdose, while a child is also born approximately every 30 minutes dependent upon opioids. How did we get to this point? Are we the only country in the world with this problem of epidemic proportion? How do we end this epidemic, or at least, how do we as healthcare professionals contribute to the progress of society in the right direction? In this presentation, we will discuss the history of just how we, as a country, ended up in the 'Opioid Epidemic' and we will review efforts being made by numerous healthcare professionals to improve the lives of many suffering from the consequences of it. Substance Use Disorder (DSM-V), more commonly referred to as addiction, directly and indirectly affects countless lives every day. Just what is one going through when experiencing addiction, and even further, how can we as humans, and healthcare professionals, better understand our patients in recovery? We will discuss the medication-assisted therapies of methadone and buprenorphine, and review naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal agent. We will also discuss appropriate over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for patients in recovery experiencing common medical symptoms. Unlike opioids, this presentation is sure to open your eyes and possibly even elevate your blood pressure and/or heart rate! 

Conference Objectives are :
Nurse

• Describe the pathophysiology behind substance use disorder, commonly referred to as addiction.
• Identify proper treatment selections, dosages, and key patient counseling points for the most common medication assisted therapies of methadone and buprenorphine.
• Identify appropriate Over-the-Counter (OTC) treatments of common medical conditions and scenarios for a patient in recovery.

Pharmacist
• Describe the pathophysiology behind substance use disorder, commonly referred to as addiction.
• Identify proper treatment selections, dosages, and key patient counseling points for the most common medication assisted therapies of methadone and buprenorphine.
• Identify appropriate Over-the-Counter (OTC) treatments of common medical conditions and scenarios for a patient in recovery.

Pharmacy Technician
• Recognize what patients with substance use disorder are commonly experiencing in life.
• Identify the most common medication assisted therapies and how to assist a pharmacist in helping patients receiving those.
• Identify opportunities to assist patients with substance use disorder regarding requests for appropriate Over-the-Counter (OTC) treatments of common medical conditions.

Intended Audience

Addiction Medicine, Pharmacy and Medicine

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Activity Fee : USD $4.00

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