Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) @ Foundation Auditorium
Sep 5 @ 8:30 am – 12:45 pm

Opioid addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that affects millions of Americans and produces a tremendous burden on the healthcare system. In 2002, U.S. physicians gained the opportunity to treat opioid-addicted patients with buprenorphine in primary care settings, commonly referred to as office-based opioid treatment (OBOT). OBOT has been shown to be effective in primary care settings and impacts public health through the reduction of opioid use, opioid overdose mortality, and transmission of infectious diseases. However, it remains underutilized.

One consistently cited barrier preventing OBOT expansion is lack of adequate clinical support given the additional needs for patient monitoring. Successful medication-assisted treatment (MAT) requires a team-based approach just like treatment for other chronic diseases. In addition, treatment is more effective when providers can use a trauma-informed and gender-responsive treatment plan.

The goal of this companion program to the AAAP Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders (the “Half and Half” Course) is to increase the comfort level and expertise of the healthcare team by outlining a team approach, trauma-informed interventions, gender-responsive care, and making recommendations for the implementation of buprenorphine OBOT.

Please note: This conference is being held at the NC Medical Society Foundation Auditorium on 222 N. Person Street in Raleigh, NC 27601.
 For a map to the NC Medical Society, please click here. 

If you are a prescriber in primary care, emergency medicine, pain management, psychiatric, HIV and addiction medicine, you may interested in “Physicians’ Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, The “Half and Half” Course on the same date.

By registering for this conference, you are granting permission for your contact information to be shared with the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation, which is a collaborating partner of this continuing education activity.


  • Describe the presented framework of office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) including practice changes, medications used, psychosocial services, and integration/coordination components
  • Utilize evidence-based interventions that are trauma-informed and gender-responsive to treat persons with substance use disorders
  • Define the roles of an effective practice team, including primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, and using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for opioid and other substance use disorders
  • Increase medical and behavioral health professionals’ receptivity and capability to work collaboratively as they evaluate and manage opioid and other substance use disorders using SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment)
  • List key components of evidence-based and effective OBOT

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Providers’ Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, The “Half and Half” Course @ Foundation Auditorium
Sep 5 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 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 is 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 training meets the requirements for physicians; however additional training is required for advanced practice providers.

The training focuses on 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.

See brochure for complete information on credits.

By registering for this conference, you are granting permission for your contact information to be shared with the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation, which is a collaborating partner of this continuing education activity.

The program is recommended for prescribers in primary care, emergency medicine, pain management, psychiatric, HIV, and addiction medicine. (Not a prescriber? CLICK HERE)


  • Define the federal Drug Abuse Treatment Act (DATA) of 2000 and the subsequent revisions that lists the criteria needed for Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)
  • List the criteria for establishing the diagnosis of opioid dependence
  • Distinguish between spontaneous withdrawal and precipitated withdrawal as well as 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 treatment 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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Treatment Options for Opioid Use Disorder and Co-Occurring Disorders @ Hopeway Foundation
Sep 13 @ 8:30 am – 12:45 pm

This conference is Jointly Provided by Charlotte AHEC and HopeWay Foundation. 

•11.8 million people misuse opioids and 2.1 million Americans suffer from opioid use disorder (SAMHSA)
•66% of the drug overdose deaths in 2016 were from opioids (SAMHSA)
•Over 40% of opioid dependent individuals have co-occurring psychiatric disorders (

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that in addition to better pain management options and better targeting of overdose reversing drugs, we need better prevention, treatment, and recovery services. This workshop will discuss counseling and behavioral therapy strategies, as well as the current accepted medication-assisted treatments.

Dr. Alyson Kuroski-Mazzei, DO, MRO, FAPA
Dr. Kevin Marra, MD
Yvonne Carrasco, MSW, LCAS, MAC
HopeWay Foundation


  • Identify symptoms suggesting an opioid use disorder
  • Explore 3 medication–assisted treatments: Methadone, Buprenorphine, Naltrexone
  • Summarize 4 psychiatric disorders commonly occurring with opioid use disorder: major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar affective disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Analyze medical comorbidities associated with opioid use disorder
  • Establish what substance use and mental health recovery have in common

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New Issues for a New Age: Wake AHEC Substance Use Treatment Conference @ William F. Andrews Conference Center
Sep 14 @ 8:30 am – 4:15 pm

This conference is will explore substance use trends and current issues in North Carolina as well as discuss specific evidence based treatments and considerations when working with this population. Morning sessions will assist professionals in learning how to operate successfully in a managed care world and address changes with integrated healthcare and Medicaid reform. Participants will also hear about new programs in the substance use field. Afternoon sessions will focus more on substance use among specific populations and review interventions for working with these groups. Professionals will learn skills to enhance their practice and stay up to date on substance use treatment in the modern world.

$85 early registration fee. $105 after August 31. $30 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued unless we are notified by 5 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2018. A $30 cancellation fee will be deducted from your registration fee if a refund is issued. Substitutes are encouraged.

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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.