Southern Pain Society 32nd Annual Meeting: ‘Balanced Approaches to Acute and Chronic Pain’ @ Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm

19ME005 - Southern Pain Society 32nd Annual Meeting: 'Balanced Approaches to Acute and Chronic Pain'

The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Pain Society will explore the benefits, challenges and education involved in using a balance integrative approach to managing both acute and chronic pain and how these impact health care professionals.

The Southern Pain Society (SPS) was established in 1986 as a regional section of the American Pain Society and endorses and supports the mission
and goals of the American Pain Society. The Southern Pain Society’s missions are to serve people with pain by advancing research and treatment and to increase the knowledge and skill of the regional professional community. Visit to join and take advantage of the
discounted registration fee.


  • Discuss the unintended consequences of the current CDC Opioid Guidelines
  • Explain advanced techniques in neuromodulation, surgical and procedural modalities for chronic pain
  • Identify at least two innovative therapies, medications and procedures for the treatment of acute and chronic pain
  • Explain how pain of a catastrophic injury can be effectively managed using an integrative approach through the continuum
  • Identify opiate prescribing deterrent formulations to reduce opioid dependence

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2018 North Carolina Drug User Health Summit @ Blue Ridge Room
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

This one-day program will focus on treating the active drug user in a compassionate and comprehensive way. This summit will include training in harm reduction, the infectious implications of drug use, engaging drug using patients in care, and integrated care in patients who use drugs. Local, state and national experts in drug user health will be featured.


Book your overnight accommodations at the Marriott Renaissance Asheville Hotel by clicking here. Room block with discounted rates expires on August 27, 2018.

By registering for this conference, you are granting permission for your contact information to be shared with North Carolina Public Health, NCPH, which is a joint provider of this continuing education activity. 


  • Describe the current epidemiological landscape of the infectious implications of drug use in North Carolina
  • Discuss three different ways a patient may use drugs and describe how to develop a treatment plan with that mechanism of use in mind
  • Identify and develop collaborations with other area providers working with drug users along the spectrum of care
  • Develop clinic practices that promote a nonjudgmental clinical atmosphere that actively engages and retains in care patients who use drugs

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Dental Pain Pharmacotherapy: Considerations in Today’s Healthcare Landscape @ Greensboro Area Health Education Center
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join other dental healthcare providers for this 2-hour lecture/discussion on pharmacotherapy management of dental pain. Today’s healthcare landscape is complex when it comes to ensuring appropriate pain management. Topics discussed include: Opioid prescribing practices, review of the NC CSRS, how to engage with other healthcare providers (including pharmacies) to discuss controlled substance prescribing patterns, and pharmacological approaches to acute dental pain. This course fulfills the 1-hour of opioid prescribing education required for NC opioid prescribers, including dentists.


  • Discuss current issues with opioid prescribing practices in today’s healthcare landscape
  • Recognize the utility of North Carolina Controlled Substance Reporting System and how to enhance interprofessional communication among healthcare providers
  • Describe pharmacological approaches to acute dental pain and patient considerations


Dentists, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, and other interested Dental Professionals.
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Integrative Medicine: Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Chronic Pain @ Southern Regional AHEC
Oct 5 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The integrative medicine approach to pain can offer hope, adding safe complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies to mitigate pain and suffering. Such CAM therapies include nutrition, supplements and herbs, manual medicine, acupuncture, yoga, and mind-body approaches. This program will cover various aspects of complementary medicine that can be used to relieve, pain and stress.


  • Review the neuroscience of pain.
  • Explore the role of evidence-based medicine in the treatment chronic pain.
  • Have an experience of mindfulness to better understand the role of mindfulness in pain management.
  • Review available literature and clinical evidence of acupuncture and other modalities of Asian Medicine for relieving pain and improving sleep.
  • Learn how practicing yoga for pain can cause physical changes in the body to promote healing.
  • Review a brief history of osteopathic medicine.
  • Discuss osteopathic approach and treatment modalities.
  • Discuss a case example of low back pain.
  • Address the importance of treating the whole person, mind-body-spirit.

Available Credits

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit 5.50
CEU 0.60
Contact Hours 5.50
CNE Contact Hours 5.50
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Southeastern Conference on Addiction and Behavioral Health @ Hilton Greenville
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Southeastern Conference on Addiction and Behavioral Health
Hilton Greenville, 45 West Orchard Park, Greenville, SC

Mark your calendars!

Plan to come and hear addictions and recovery specialists:

    • Brian Coon, MA, LCAS, CCS, MAC and Roy Smith, MD – Substance Addiction and Stages of Healing
    • Phillip McAbe, CSW, CAS – If Gay Means Happy, Why Am I Always Getting High
    • Michael Groat, PhD – An Evolutionary, Attachment-Informed Perspective on Recovery from Addiction
    • Leslie Hull-Kimball, LISW-CP, CSAT and Sarah McGuire, LISW-CP, CSAT, EMDR – The Tech-Sex Connection

Special evening event Thursday October 18, 2018 for all at no charge!

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Challenges for Nurses in Assessing and Managing Pain @ Charlotte AHEC, Bldg K
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:15 pm

An event for RNs, LPNs, and other health care professionals who are caring for patient with pain.

Pain assessment is crucial if pain management is to be effective. Nurses are in a unique position to assess pain as they have the most contact with patients. This program will provide information related to pain (Acute, Persistent/Chronic, and Oncologic pain). It will also provide an overview of proper pain assessment, pharmacological treatments of non-opioids and opioids for pain and general principles of analgesic use for treating pain patients.

The speaker for this event is Sherry McCulley-Hall, MSN, RN-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist
Sherry is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Veterans Integrative Pain Medicine Service at Charles George VA Medical Center. She has worked in the nursing field for over 36 years. Sherry received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Berea College and Masters of Science in Nursing with an area of study as an Adult Health Care Specialist at UNC Charlotte with a clinical concentration in Oncology Nursing. In 2012, Sherry worked collaboratively with 7 Pain Management Nurse Experts from the VA as well as the University of Wisconsin in the development of the Pain Resource Nurse Program targeting the Veteran Population. Sherry is credentialed by the ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Certified Nurse Pain Management provider.

Click here to be taken to registration. $99.00 – Pre-Registration Fee (before Oct. 16,2018). Breakfast and Lunch Provided.


Treating Pain Safely: Fewer Opioids and Better Results Controlled Substances Education for Prescribers @ MAHEC Mary C. Nesbitt Biltmore Campus, Pisgah Room
Oct 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Literature has shown that prescribers receive little education on the treatment of pain, resulting in less effective pain treatment with worse outcomes. Attendees will learn the evidence-based analysis of the relative effectiveness of medications and their side effects, recommendations on how to improve treatment of acute and chronic pain, and recognizing substance use/opioid use disorders. This program will include the three required topics outlined by the new CME requirement in 21 NCAC 32R .0101:

• Controlled substances prescribing practices
• Recognizing signs of the abuse or misuse of controlled substances
• Controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management

As of July 1, 2017 all physicians (other than residents), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, podiatrists, and dentists who prescribe controlled substances must satisfy the controlled-substance prescribing CE requirements as set forth by their licensing boards; requirements vary by discipline and board. Physicians must follow the CME requirement per 21 NCAC 32R .0101 and will turn in record of controlled substance CME when they renew licensure.


  • Describe the impact of the opioid crisis
  • Identify the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute pain
  • Identify the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain
  • Discuss what to do with patients on opioids that fall outside the guidelines
Evidence-Based Narcotic Prescribing- Elizabeth City @ Eastern AHEC Education Center
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Prescription opioid pain medications are responsible for more deaths in North Carolina than heroin and cocaine combined. And, if current trends continue, unintentional poisoning deaths will surpass motor vehicle deaths as the leading cause of injury death in North Carolina. This presentation tackles the prescription drug challenges in practices outlining evidence-based narcotic prescribing and alternative therapy to chronic pain management.

Upon completion of this knowledge-based program the participant should be able to
integrate into practice new developments in the following areas:
Tackling the Prescription Drug Problem in Your Practice: An Outline for
Evidence-Based Narcotic Prescribing
• Review the statistics for prescription drug use and overdose in the US
• Explain the psychological basis for drug seeking behaviors
• Provide an algorithm for appropriate safety based opiate prescribing
• Discuss some common opiate prescribing challenges in practice

Alternative Therapy for Chronic Pain Management
• Evaluate non-opiate pharmacologic agents for use in chronic pain
• Introduce clinical health psychology as viable treatment options
• Discuss effectiveness and indications for specialized interventions:
topical agents, physical medicine, mechanical interventions


Registration is only available online:

Pre-registration is required to assure space in this program.
The fee for registrations received prior to October 18,
2018 is $20.00. For registrations received after October
18, 2018, the fee is $35.00. The registration fee includes

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Providers’ Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, The “Half and Half” Course @ Northwest AHEC
Nov 6 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Opioid dependence is epidemic in the United States. While progress has been made in training providers, the gap in providing effective treatment of opioid use disorders continues to widen – moving beyond heroin addicted individuals to a much larger and diverse segment of the population. This increase in predominantly due to an alarming increase in addiction to prescription opioid analgesic medications.

Buprenorphine, the most recent addition to the pharmacotherapies available to treat opioid dependence, is novel among the opioid pharmacotherapies because of its partial agonist properties. It has been placed on Schedule III and is available by prescription from a physician’s office-based practice.

Recognizing the impact of this addiction, as well as learning how to treat opioid use disorders, are important steps in combating this ever growing medical problem. To obtain the waiver to prescribe, providers are required to take specialized training. PCSS-MAT uses the Half-and-Half format (first, 4.25 hours of face-to-face training with an instructor, followed by 3.75 hours of on-your-own training that must be completed along with a post test). This meets the training requirements for physicians; however, additional training is required for advanced practice providers.

The training focuses on the specifics of treating patients with opioid use disorders in office-based settings and clinical vignettes to help trainees think through “real life” experiences in opioid use disorders treatment. Once the waiver training is completed in full, participants will receive a CME certificate of attendance from AAAP.


  • Define the federal Drug Abuse Treatment Act (DATA) of 2000 and the subsequent revisions that list the criteria needed for Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)
  • List the criteria for establishing a diagnosis of opioid dependence.
  • Distinguish between spontaneous withdrawal and precipitated withdrawal and the appropriate methods of buprenorphine induction.
  • Describe and contrast the functions of full mu agonists, partial agonists and antagonists.
  • Explain the interplay between pain and addiction and how buprenorphine can be used to help stabilize these patients.
  • Describe the basic approach used in at least three different types of non-pharmacological treatments of opioid dependence.
  • Describe three symptoms of opioid withdrawal or intoxication that mimic symptoms of a psychiatric disorder.
  • Describe at least three factors to consider in determining if the patient is an appropriate candidate for office-based treatment with buprenorphine.
  • Describe at least three areas that should be covered in the rules and expectations communicated to patients during the patient assessment process.
  • List at least three situations in which patient information, with patient identity, can be shared under current laws protecting the patient’s confidentiality 42 CFR and HIPAA
  • Reduce and minimize buprenorphine misuse and diversion.
  • Describe the drug interactions of buprenorphine and pediatric exposures.

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2018 Pain Conference: An Interprofessional Approach to Pain Management @ Mountain Area Health Education Center, Blue Ridge Room
Nov 8 @ 7:45 am – Nov 9 @ 12:15 pm

As the opioid epidemic rages on, better approaches to the understanding and management of pain are needed by healthcare providers “in the trenches”. This annual, interprofessional conference has been expanded from one day to one and 1/2 days to allow more in-depth exploration of the neuroscience of pain and non-opioid approaches to better manage pain.

This educational activity is jointly provided with the Charles George VA Medical Center and co-sponsored by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.


  • Explain pain neuroscience effectively to engage more active patient pain management participation
  • Integrate opioid alternatives into pain management routinely
  • Screen for opioid use disorder and strategize appropriate case management
  • Incorporate CBT, Whole Health Approaches and/or MBSR into pain management strategies

MAHEC Employees receive a registration discount