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Neurobiological Consequences of Adolescent Cannabis Use: Study

Neurobiological Consequences of Adolescent Cannabis Use: Study

About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis. Neuroscientists have been researching the effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, impulsivity...

FDA Proposes New Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packages & Ads

FDA Proposes New Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packages & Ads

The most significant change to cigarette labels in 35 years may be coming to consumers, if the FDA gets its’ way. The proposed rule, “Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements,” would require, once finalized, new health warnings to promote greater...

Aug
22
Thu
Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women @ Mountain Area Health Education Center
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – Aug 23 @ 4:00 pm
Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women @ Mountain Area Health Education Center

The focus of this two-day training is on interactive exercises that demonstrate techniques that counselors can use to help clients develop coping skills, as well as emotional wellness.

Registration Information

Aug
24
Sat
Supporting Those Who Served: Substance Use and Comprehensive Mental Health for Military Affiliated Populations
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This webinar is part one of the six-part specialty training series on the military-affiliated population. The purpose of this presentation is to provide a basis of understanding about the different aspects of the psychological impact of military service. Participants will learn how service member and veteran mental health go beyond post-traumatic stress disorder, and how substance use disorders are connected with each.

Aug
27
Tue
Free Webinar: Community Impact: Assessment Tools to Identify Drug Trends
Aug 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug
30
Fri
The Many Faces of Addiction @ Northwest AHEC
Aug 30 @ 7:45 am – 3:00 pm
The Many Faces of Addiction @ Northwest AHEC | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States

In this 6.0-hour knowledge-based activity, participants will discuss ways in which health and human service professionals can help guide people along their recovery journey and engage with other community and state organizations to promote improved outcomes.

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Aug
31
Sat
Supporting Life After Service: Addiction and Transition to Post-Military Life
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This webinar is part two of the six-part specialty training series on the military-affiliated population. The purpose of this presentation is to look at non-trauma related factors that can impact service members upon leaving the military. Participants will discuss how a lack of purpose and meaning, moral injury, needs fulfillment, and relationships can impact service members in post-military life.

Sep
1
Sun
Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing – AVAILABLE NOW through March 15, 2021! @ Webinar
Sep 1 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing

Description:
Literature has shown that prescribers receive little education on the treatment of pain resulting in less effective pain treatment with worse outcomes. Participants 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. Participants in this online educational activity must pass a posttest for successful completion. This course will focus on acute pain treatments/prescribing that can decrease the likelihood of long-term use.

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 requirement as set forth by their NC professional boards. Requirements vary by discipline and board. Prescribers will turn in controlled substance CE credits when they renew licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. Describe the impact of the opioid crisis
2. Identify the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute pain and the STOP Act
3. Discuss opioid alternatives and office policies for safe opioid prescribing

Sep
2
Mon
Opioid and Heroin Abuse Among Our Veterans – Online Course
Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Description: This 30-minute webinar’s purpose is to discuss how the veteran population is susceptible to the dangers of prescription opioid drug abuse.

Objectives: Discuss how opioid and heroin abuse is affecting the veteran population

Speaker: Patty L Collins, MAEd, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing CPD and Student Training

Audience: The target audience will include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, EMS, law enforcement, mental health professionals, substance abuse counselors, health educators, and others interested in this subject.

Available Credits: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit 0.50, CEU 1.00, ACPE 0.50, CNE Contact Hours 0.50, NCBPTE Contact Hours 0.50

Event Fees: $10.00

Opioids in the Elderly: Trends and New Guidelines – Online Course
Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Description:

This 1-hour webinar’s purpose is to discuss how the elderly population is susceptible to the dangers of prescription opioid drug abuse.

Objectives:

  • Discuss recent trends in opioid prescribing and prescription opioid misuse in the United States
  • Understand age-related changes that affect pain management
  • Describe the new opioid guidelines

Speaker:

  • Jennifer Gabbard, MD

Audience:

The target audience will include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, EMS, law enforcement, mental health professionals, substance abuse counselors, health educators, and others interested in this subject.

Available Credits:

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit 1.00
  • CEU 1.00
  • ACPE 1.00
  • CNE Contact Hours 1.00
  • NCBPTE Contact Hours 1.00

Event Fees: $10.00

Sep
12
Thu
Annual NCATOD Conference
Sep 12 – Sep 13 all-day

The North Carolina Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence(NCATOD) is once again proud to present the 2019 Conference for Best Practices in Opioid Treatment: Voices for Recovery.

Sessions have been designed to meet the specialized needs of professionals working with medicated-assisted therapies with specific focus areas for nurses, administrators, clinicians and managers.

This year, we are excited to bring Substance Abuse Professionals together for the following objectives:

  1. We will identify advocacy roles, issues, and opportunities for opioid treatment providers across the spectrum of opioid treatment.
  2. We will explore the “Team Concept of Care” in an OTP to address issues of significance with a multidisciplinary approach to care.
  3. We will provide a unique opportunity to network with opioid treatment colleagues in Addiction Nursing and Counseling from across the state.

NCATOD is the North Carolina affiliate of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD), which was founded in 1984 to enhance the quality of patient care in treatment programs by promoting the growth and development of comprehensive opioid treatment services throughout the United States.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is for nurses, counselors and support staff working in the field of Medically Assisted Treatment, such as:

  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Professional Counselors
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Nurses
Sep
13
Fri
ASAM Criteria and Application
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

This workshop will teach clinical staff and providers the clinical standards used by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) to treat substance use and co-occurring disorders. The workshop will provide application and practice of applying the ASAM criteria and the rating of the six dimensions to identify appropriate level of care for consumers.

Registration Information

Sep
18
Wed
UNC School of Social Work Clinical Lecture: The Ethics of Caring @ Northwest AHEC
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This session will focus on the ethical issues related to boundary crossings and violations in our work. The reasons why these occur will be explored and how to address them with teams, mentors, supervisors, and other resources will be discussed

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Sep
19
Thu
Motivational Interviewing I @ SEAHEC
Sep 19 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This 2-day workshop is designed for practitioners either new to MI or wanting a full refresher to the concepts and an opportunity for supervised practice of skills.

Event Brochure

Sep
27
Fri
Waiver Training Providers’ Clinical Support System – Buprenorphine Office Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders The “Half and Half” Course @ MAHEC
Sep 27 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Description

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.

This program includes up to 2.0 hours of controlled substances content. Per NCAC rules: 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.

Target Audience

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

Objectives

  • Review addiction treatment in office-based practices
  • Discuss the pharmacological treatments of opioid use disorder
  • Determine what medical record documentation must be followed
  • Discuss the process of buprenorphine induction as well as stabilization and maintenance techniques
  • Describe how to take a patient history and evaluation
  • Review safety concerns and drug interactions
Waiver Related Training Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) @ MAHEC
Sep 27 @ 1:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Description

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 recommendations for implementation of buprenorphine OBOT.

Target Audience

Nurses, mental health professionals including substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, school counselors, practice managers, program administrators, medical assistants, care managers and coordinators and other professionals interested in this subject.

Objectives

  • 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
Oct
1
Tue
Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing – AVAILABLE NOW through March 15, 2021! @ Webinar
Oct 1 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing

Description:
Literature has shown that prescribers receive little education on the treatment of pain resulting in less effective pain treatment with worse outcomes. Participants 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. Participants in this online educational activity must pass a posttest for successful completion. This course will focus on acute pain treatments/prescribing that can decrease the likelihood of long-term use.

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 requirement as set forth by their NC professional boards. Requirements vary by discipline and board. Prescribers will turn in controlled substance CE credits when they renew licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. Describe the impact of the opioid crisis
2. Identify the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute pain and the STOP Act
3. Discuss opioid alternatives and office policies for safe opioid prescribing