The Opioid Epidemic: Searching for Solutions

By AchieveCE

  • Webcast
  • Feb 01, 2022 - Feb 28, 2023
  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ : 1 +
  • USD 30.00

Overview

Introduction

The Opioid Epidemic: Searching for Solutions Webcast is organized by AchieveCE.

Course Outline
1. Pre-test
2. Activity Overview
3. Video: The Opioid Epidemic: Searching for Solutions Webcast
4. Post-test

Activity Overview
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 3.8 million people (1.4% of those ages 12 or older) reported misusing prescription pain relievers, while another 329,000 people reported using heroin. Within the same year, 52,404 lethal overdoses took place, making drug overdose the leading cause of accidental death within the United States. Stancliff et al estimated that as of 2012, approximately 80% of people dependent on heroin or prescription opioids were not engaged in any treatment and many in treatment do not use the most effective medication-assisted treatments available to them.

Despite recent increased awareness of opioid use disorder (OUD) and efforts to improve access to care, several barriers to treatment still exist, including financial, geographic, regulatory, and social. In 2012, only 2.2% of physicians in the United States obtained waivers to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of OUD. Of those who received waivers, 41.6% were psychiatrists. This may be perceived as a potential barrier to OUD treatment as patients are often resistant to referrals to psychiatric and/or addiction clinics given the stigmas commonly surrounding addiction and mental health. Furthermore, physicians with waivers were found to practice primarily in urban settings, leaving a large portion of the rural population without access to buprenorphine treatment.

With all this in mind, education is needed in regards to current and emerging treatment options for OUD available to multiple patient populations. Also, with the deaths due to drug overdoses still elevated, education on how to recognize and reverse an opioid overdose is needed.

This presentation will address the above needs by discussing the science behind opioid use disorder as well as reflect upon current statistics associated with its impact on the United States. During the discussion, opioid overdose risks will be discussed and participants will be able to practice recognizing key symptoms of an overdose situation. Steps of using naloxone will be discussed and connected to how to appropriately seek out treatment for the maintenance of opioid use disorder. Finally, new buprenorphine products and the potential role of naltrexone will be applied to this stigmatized population.

Pharmacist and Physician Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:
• Discuss the pertinent nature of opioid use/abuse throughout the United States
• Describe how to recognize and treat an opioid/heroin overdose
• Describe currently indicated pharmacologic treatment options for opioid withdrawal, detoxification, and maintenance, including new agents now on the market
• Identify and discuss new treatment options for opioid use disorder

Pharmacy Technician and Nurse Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:
• Discuss the pertinent nature of opioid use/abuse throughout the United States
• Describe how to recognize and treat an opioid/heroin overdose
• Describe risks associated with an opioid/heroin overdose
• List current and upcoming treatment options for opioid use disorder

Price

Registration Name Category Last Date Price
Course Fee Course Registration Fee 28 Feb, 2023 USD 30.00

Topic(s)

  • Chronic Pain Management
    • Physician: State Required Topic for Iowa
    • Nursing: State Required Topic for Delaware
    • Physician Assistant: State Required Topic for Delaware
  • Controlled substance prescribing practices
    • Physician: State Required Topic for Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia
    • Nursing: State Required Topic for Delaware
    • Physician Assistant: State Required Topic for Wyoming
  • Controversies of Pharmacology Prescribing
  • Pain Management
    • Physician: State Required Topic for Alaska, Dist of Col, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont and Puerto Rico
    • Nursing: State Required Topic for Alaska, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
    • Physician Assistant: State Required Topic for Alaska, Connecticut, Dist of Col, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia
  • Prescribing of Controlled Drugs
  • Prescribing of controlled substances
    • Physician: State Required Topic for Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont and Wyoming
    • Nursing: State Required Topic for Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming
    • Physician Assistant: State Required Topic for Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia
  • Controlled Dangerous Substance
  • Controlled Substance
    • Physician: State Required Topic for North Carolina
    • Physician Assistant: State Required Topic for Alabama, Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, Nevada and South Carolina
  • Dispensing Controlled Substances
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
    • Nursing: State Required Topic for Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia
  • Substance Use Disorder
    • Physician: State Required Topic for Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming
    • Nursing: State Required Topic for Massachusetts and West Virginia
    • Physician Assistant: State Required Topic for Arizona, Nevada and Rhode Island
  • Dispensing of Opioids
    • Physician: State Required Topic for Pennsylvania
    • Physician Assistant: State Required Topic for Pennsylvania
  • Substance/Drug Abuse
    • Physician: State Required Topic for Nevada
    • Nursing: State Required Topic for Connecticut, Delaware, Nevada and Rhode Island
    • Physician Assistant: State Required Topic for Oklahoma
  • Judicious Prescribing
  • Pain medicine
    • Physician: State Required Topic for Ohio

Credit Info

Accreditation Statement:
AchieveCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. AchieveCE is also accredited by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider no. 50-20641). This course is approved by CE Broker, with CE Broker No. 20-846427.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Continuing Education Company, Inc. and AchieveCE. Continuing Education Company, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Education Company, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCME ID #: 201836988

Release Date: 2/15/2022
Expiration Date: 2/15/2023 (Date after which this enduring material is no longer certified for credit.)
Medium: Enduring Written Material

AchieveCE is also an accredited provider by the Florida Board of Nursing (Provider #50-20641) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP17265), and is an approved provider through reciprocity for the states of Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

Total Credit(s)
  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ : 1
  • Contact Hours : 1

Specialties

  • Pharmacy and Medicine
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nursing

Target Audience

  • Physician
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant

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