Pain, Addiction and the Law 2018 – What Every Provider Needs to Know @ The William and Ida Friday Center
Mar 24 @ 7:15 am – 6:00 pm








Pain, Addiction and the Law

The purpose of this course is to review the psychological aspects of addiction, understand who is at risk, and the legal ramifications of providing inappropriate opioid prescriptions. We will review both the new national guidelines (CDC) as well as the state (NC Medical Board) regarding opioid prescribing. We hope to accomplish a more thoughtful algorithm for opioid prescribing with consideration of long-term treatment and unwanted adverse effects. This course will be directed at all medical providers with special emphasis on primary care as the primary care provider prescribes roughly 50% of all opioid prescriptions.

Program Fees

$125.00 Registration Fee- PA, RN, NP, PT, HCP, UNC Physicians
$157.50 Early Registration Fee- MD, DO, PhD, Pharmacist, DDS. $175 after February 25.
$112.50 Early Registration Fee- PA, RN, NP, PT, HCP, UNC Physicians. $125.00 after February 25.
$67.50 Early Registration Fee-Active Military. $75 after February 25.
$75.00 Registration Fee- Active Military and Residents
$175.00 Registration Fee- MD, DO, PhD, Pharmacist, DDS

Cancellation Fee

$0.00 Cancellation Fee. Registrants cancelling by February 25, 2018 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received between February 26, 2018 and March 10, 2018 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued after March 11, 2018. All cancellations must be submitted in writing (fax, mail or email).

Please note: If you register two business days prior, your registration will be processed at the door on the day of the program.  Click below to register one or more people for this program.

Clinical Conference on Quality and Chronic Disease 2018 @ Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm

The Clinical Conference on Quality & Chronic Disease is a professional training opportunity providing continuing education at a low cost. Nationally recognized health care experts share knowledge with safety-net providers on cutting-edge trends and quality improvement methods.


Through Thursday, March 29: $160.00
(includes workshop materials, meals, and breaks)

After Thursday, March 29: $220.00
(includes workshop materials, meals, and breaks)

Registration closes April 5, 2018. No onsite registrations.

Online registration is always preferred, and required if paying by credit card; a paper registration form can be downloaded here if you are paying by check.


Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree
3912 Arrow Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612.

Guests may make reservations online, or call the hotel at (919) 703-2525 to request a room in the “NCCHCA” room block. Book early: this rate will be available until March 31st OR until sold out.

Integrative Medicine: Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Chronic Pain @ Southern Regional AHEC
Apr 13 @ 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.
  • Address the importance of treating the whole person, mind-body-spirit.


9:00 – 9:45 am The Neuroscience of Pain: Why and How Things Hurt 9:45 – 10:45 am Mind-Body Therapy: Mindfulness and Alleviating Suffering 11:00 am – 12:00 pm How Acupuncture can Relieve Pain and Improve Sleep 1:00 – 1:45 pm The Science of Yoga and Balancing the Body’s Response to Pain 1:45 – 2:30 pm Manipulating the Pain: Osteopathic Manipulation Treatments for Back Pain 2:45 – 3:45 pm Modifications: The Role of Food in Inflammation.

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Dental Pain Pharmacotherapy: Considerations in Today Healthcare Landscape @ Southern Regional AHEC
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join other dental healthcare providers for this 2-hour lecture/discuss on pharmacotherapy management of dental pain in which the opioid requirement for dentist professionals. 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.

  • 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

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Challenges for Nurses in Assessing and Managing Pain @ Charlotte AHEC, Bldg K, Classroom 13
May 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:15 pm

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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.

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.

  • Identify the characteristics and differences between Acute, Persistent/Chronic, and Oncologic pain.
  • Identify the components of Pain Science related to the Pain Brain Neuroscience.
  • Describe the components of the physical assessment of pain and functional assessment.
  • Identify the components of effective communication when interviewing veterans regarding their pain.
  • Describe the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics of non-opioids and opioids.
  • Discuss the general principles of analgesic use including indications contraindications, side effects and does titrations.
  • Distinguish the differences between pain versus suffering.

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Treating Pain Safer: Fewer Opioids and Better Results Controlled Substances Education for Prescribers @ Mountain Area Health Education Center, Blue Ridge Room
May 10 @ 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 CME requirement set forth in 21 NCAC 32R .0101. Requirements vary by discipline and board. Prescribers will turn in controlled substance CME when they renew licensure.

Blake Fagan, M.D. speaker

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Battle Strategies for the Opioid War @ Area L Ahec
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:15 pm

Over the last decade, opioid abuse has skyrocketed in the United States and its use can now be seen across nearly every demographic group. In the United States, 142 Americans die each day from drug overdoses, equivalent to a 9/11 scale loss of life every three weeks. Four of the 142 Americans dying each day from drug overdoses are from North Carolina.

The purpose of this symposium is to discuss local, state, and national strategies to combat the opioid epidemic. Topics include the opioid crisis and mental health and social service involvement, stigmas associated with substance use disorders, pain management and alternatives to opioids for pain, building recovery among patients and families dealing with substance use disorders, and community involvement related to opioid abuse in Wilmington and Wilson, North Carolina.

HANDOUTS: To keep costs at a minimum and the workshop affordable, copies of handouts will NOT be provided. A link will be sent with your confirmation e-mail for you to print copies if you so desire. The confirmation e-mail is not sent until 2 – 3 days prior to the date of the program.

  • Understand the statewide framework and multi-sector approach for addressing the opioid crisis
  • Discuss the multiple dimensions of the opioid crisis and elements of prevention, treatment, and recovery
  • Identify opportunities for commodity-based initiatives to tie into a statewide approach when managing the opioid epidemic
  • Recognize commonly used phrases used by behavioral health and healthcare professionals that contribute to the stigma of substance abuse disorders
  • Understand the difference between a “needs assessment” and a “strength and resource assessment”
  • Discuss the timeline and community management of Wilson and New Hanover counties’ opioid issues
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