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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Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) @ Mountain Area Health Education Center, Pisgah Room
Sep 28 @ 8:30 am – 12:45 pm

18MH032 - Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)

There are two dates to select from for this event: June 22 and September 28

Intended Audience is Mental health professionals (including substance abuse counselors, social workers, school counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists), nurses, practice managers, program administrators, medical assistants, care managers, care coordinators and other professionals interested in this subject.

Opioid addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that affects millions of Americans and produces 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 comfort level and expertise of the healthcare team by outlining a team approach, trauma-informed interventions, gender-responsive care and recommendations for the implementation of buprenorphine OBOT.

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Providers’ Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, The “Half and Half” Course @ Mountain Area Health Education Center, Pisgah Room
Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

18ME047 - Providers’ Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, The “Half and Half” Course

There are two dates to select from for this event: June 22 and September 28

The program is recommended for prescribers in primary care, emergency medicine, pain management, psychiatric, HIV and addiction medicine.

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 (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.

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The 4th Annual Western North Carolina Rural Health Symposium: Challenges, Successes and Strategies @ Blue Ridge Room
Oct 4 @ 8:00 am – Oct 5 @ 4:30 pm

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Rural communities in Western North Carolina – and across America – face many challenges including the opioid crisis, food insecurity, aging populations, chronic diseases, limited resources and reduced access to healthcare due to workforce shortages. Please join us to learn more about how these issues are impacting WNC, and how innovative, collaborative approaches and strategies are being used to combat these problems to build resiliency among individuals and throughout communities.

Hotel Accommodations
A block of rooms has been reserved for October 3, 2018 – October 5, 2018. The special room rate will be available until September 3rd or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. To book a room, please click here for the Hampton Inn.

Target Audience

This conference will be of interest to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, mental health professionals, social workers, integrated healthcare professionals, public health professionals, and all healthcare professionals working with patients and their families in rural areas.


  • Recognize how social determinants effect health and cite strategies being used in rural WNC to improve health outcomes
  • Describe how WNC communities are addressing common health challenges such as aging, opioid misuse and workforce shortages
  • Identify strategies to promote individual and community wide resilience
  • Learn and integrate novel technologies to meet health care needs in rural communities


19ME012 – The 4th Annual Western North Carolina Rural Health Symposium: Challenges, Successes and Strategies – DAY ONE – Thursday
10/4 8:00 AM–4:30 PM
19ME012 – The 4th Annual Western North Carolina Rural Health Symposium: Challenges, Successes and Strategies – DAY TWO – Friday
10/5 8:00 AM–4:30 PM
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