May
31
Thu
Substance Use and Misuse Prevention Skills Training-Winston-Salem @ NC-TAA Center, Suite 205
May 31 @ 10:00 am – Jun 1 @ 4:30 pm

Participants in this two-day training will learn the basics for prevention skills. This training is designed for those who have been in the field 5 years or less and have NOT attended a previous SAPST training. Lunch will be on your own and snacks will be provided. Please dress comfortably as temperatures may vary.

New block grant professionals should attend this training.

The training on Day One will start at 10:00 a.m. and on Day Two will start at 8:30 a.m.

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Hotel accommodations are at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3111 University Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Click here to be taken to the website.

Jun
1
Fri
Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain: Evidence-Based Tools to Move from Hurt to Hope @ Mountain Area Health Education Center, Blue Ridge B
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:45 pm

Across the nation, healthcare providers are taking another look at how to safely and effectively treat pain while also reducing the risks associated with opioids. It is estimated that 100 million people in the U.S. are living with chronic pain and that approximately 1/3 of these individuals are seeking medical treatment for their pain.

Pain management has typically not been a part of behavioral health practice but research and clinical practice are demonstrating that behavioral interventions are the most effective treatment for chronic pain. The CDC recently put out guidelines that highlight the opioid epidemic and its tragic consequences, along with recommendations for treating chronic pain. Behavioral treatment is the most effective treatment and should be tried prior to prescribing opioids.

More behavioral health providers with expertise in behavioral interventions for pain management are needed to combat the opioid epidemic. This interactive and cutting-edge training will provide participants with innovative and evidence-based tools and techniques to expand their clinical practice and treat chronic pain. Participants will gain the skills and confidence needed to provide practical and life-changing interventions to help individuals manage chronic pain and enjoy active, healthy and meaningful lives.

This event is FREE to MAHEC employees but registration is required

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Jun
5
Tue
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Best Practices in Opioid Prescription Management – Columbus County @ Vineland Station Historic Train Station
Jun 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for a FREE evening educational session focusing on the CDC update to opioid guidelines for chronic pain. Gain a better understanding of when opioid therapy is indicated and how to effectively determine if continued therapy is warranted.This training meets the prescribing CME requirement from the North Carolina Medical Board.

  • Describe the CDC’s update to opioid prescribing guidelines for chronic pain.
  • Identify indications for opioid therapy and how to effectively determine if continued therapy is successful/warranted.
  • Offer other methods (both non-pharmacologic and non-opioid pharmacologic) to effectively treat chronic pain.
  • Explain these guidelines as well as statewide initiatives to other healthcare providers and patients.
  • Utilize available tools and resources more effectively in order to assist patients at risk of excessive opioid use.

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Controlled Substance Prescribing: What Every Provider Needs to Know – Wilson @ Wilson Medical Center - A Duke LifePoint Hospital
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

These free CME panel sessions are designed for controlled substances prescribers to complete up to two hours of the required education in opioid prescribing.  A one hour online training is recommended before attending a live panel session. Together they fulfill the three hour requirement.

Topics include managing acute and chronic pain, identifying when patients are misusing opioids, and what to do about patients who have developed a substance use disorder. The Governor’s Institute has partnered with the North Carolina Medical Board to help bring these educational panel sessions to communities across the state.

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Jun
7
Thu
Controlled Substance Prescribing: What Every Provider Needs to Know – Wallace @ Mad Boar Restaurant & Pub
Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

According to NC DHHS and the CDC, North Carolina has experienced a 350% increase in drug overdose deaths since 1999 and was one of 19 states that saw statistically significant increase in drug overdose death rates from 2014 to 2015. Prescribing practices for opioids must change in order to address this epidemic.

Wake AHEC and the North Carolina Medical Board have partnered together to develop a webinar and panel sessions addressing the issue of prescription opioids. This blended learning activity will provide clinicians with best practices for effectively and appropriately treating pain, and ultimately, improving patient outcomes.

This educational activity combined with the recorded webinar under the same title are both being offered at no cost and will fulfill the controlled substances CME requirement for the North Carolina Medical Board.

These free CME panel sessions are designed for controlled substances prescribers to complete up to two hours of the required education in opioid prescribing. A one hour online training is recommended before attending a live panel session. Together they fulfill the three hour requirement.

Topics include managing acute and chronic pain, identifying when patients are misusing opioids, and what to do about patients who have developed a substance use disorder. The Governor’s Institute has partnered with the North Carolina Medical Board to help bring these educational panel sessions to communities across the state.

Register for 1-Hour Online Training Here

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Jun
20
Wed
Controlled Substance Prescribing: What Every Provider Needs to Know – Randolph @ Randolph Community College Corporate Training Center
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

These free CME panel sessions are designed for controlled substances prescribers to complete up to two hours of the required education in opioid prescribing.  A one hour online training is recommended before attending a live panel session. Together they fulfill the three hour requirement.

Topics include managing acute and chronic pain, identifying when patients are misusing opioids, and what to do about patients who have developed a substance use disorder. The Governor’s Institute has partnered with the North Carolina Medical Board to help bring these educational panel sessions to communities across the state.

 Register here to hold your spot for the training

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Jun
26
Tue
Controlled Substance Prescribing: What Every Provider Needs to Know – Sanford @ Central Carolina Hospital
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

According to NC DHHS and the CDC, North Carolina has experienced a 350% increase in drug overdose deaths since 1999 and was one of 19 states that saw statistically significant increase in drug overdose death rates from 2014 to 2015. Prescribing practices for opioids must change in order to address this epidemic.

Wake AHEC and the North Carolina Medical Board have partnered together to develop a webinar and panel sessions addressing the issue of prescription opioids. This blended learning activity will provide clinicians with best practices for effectively and appropriately treating pain, and ultimately, improving patient outcomes.

This educational activity combined with the recorded webinar under the same title are both being offered at no cost and will fulfill the controlled substances CME requirement for the North Carolina Medical Board.

These free CME panel sessions are designed for controlled substances prescribers to complete up to two hours of the required education in opioid prescribing. A one hour online training is recommended before attending a live panel session. Together they fulfill the three hour requirement.

Topics include managing acute and chronic pain, identifying when patients are misusing opioids, and what to do about patients who have developed a substance use disorder. The Governor’s Institute has partnered with the North Carolina Medical Board to help bring these educational panel sessions to communities across the state.

Register for 1-Hour Online Training Here

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Jun
27
Wed
Responding to the Opioid Epidemic: Guidance for Healthcare Providers – Johnston County @ Johnston Medical Mall
Jun 27 @ 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Enjoy an evening of dinner and networking!

This event is free but you must register to hold your spot.

Program Description:

• Overview and clinical application of current national and state guidelines and relate these guidelines to the NCMB criteria for identifying and auditing top prescribers

• Management of common pain syndromes without use or over-reliance on opioids and recognizing the range and value of non-opioid pain management strategies available to use individually and/or as part of multi-modal treatment approach • Intervening with opioid dependence/addiction and medication-assisted therapies

• Explore effective use of referral and co-management, including the role of working with pain specialists and pain psychologists, physical therapists and others

Guest speaker: 

Steven Prakken, MD, is the Chief of Medical Pain Service at Duke University. Dr. Prakken is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with a secondary Board Certification in Pain Management and is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association, and is a Board Member of the Pain Society of the Carolinas.

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Jul
10
Tue
Treating Pain Safer: Fewer Opioids and Better Results @ Catawba Valley Medical Center
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Physicians and nurses play a vital role in caring for the patient’s collaborative treatment plan related to their overall pain management goals. They also serve as a patient advocate when providing education for proper opioid use. However, studies have revealed a pain management knowledge gap among clinicians caring for patients who are receiving opioid analgesics. This gap includes patient assessment, pharmacologic management, use of adjuvant medications, risks of addiction, risks of respiratory depression, and disposal and storage of opioid analgesics.

This program is designed to assist clinicians in obtaining knowledge of opioids, with a concurrent and evidence-based presentation. All clinicians will also be provided with valuable information on current practice standards related to opioid prescribing, dispensing, and administration. Clinicians knowledge of, and attitudes about, opioid use can have a positive impact on the national opioid crisis.

Speaker:

Blake Fagan, MD, completed his undergraduate education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed medical school at Vanderbilt University SOM in 1998 before finishing his family medicine residency at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC in 2001. During that time, he has been the co-clinical director, assistant residency director, and the residency director. Currently he is the Chief Education Officer at MAHEC.

 

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Close Encounters of the Medical Kind: Conversations Related to Opioid Prescribing and Other Topics @ Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Participants of this skills based program will have the opportunity to learn and practice effective interpersonal communication skills during emotionally charged encounters with standardized patients. Challenging topics such as opioid and stimulant prescribing, dementia and domestic violence will provide the backdrop for practicing essential communication skills.

  • Recognize effective interpersonal communication strategies for difficult conversations in the clinical setting
  • Examine communication skills during difficult conversations
  • Demonstrate appropriate techniques during emotionally charged conversations with patients or family members
  • Evaluate interactions based on scenarios with standardized patients

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