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New Commentary On Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

New Commentary On Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Controversy has surrounded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in 2016, with many critics claiming that the guidelines made it more difficult for severe pain patients to receive the medication they...

Substance Use and Eating Disorder Often Go Hand-in-Hand

Substance Use and Eating Disorder Often Go Hand-in-Hand

A NC Health News article explains about 50 percent of people with an eating disorder also misuse alcohol or an illegal substance. Experts say people use substances and behaviors associated with eating disorder to self-treat underlying, often undiagnosed, mental health...

Nov
8
Thu
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.

Objectives

  • 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

Nov
29
Thu
Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain: Evidence-Based Tools to Move from Hurt to Hope @ MAHEC
Nov 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:45 pm

Description

Across the nation, healthcare providers are taking another look at how to safely and effectively treat pain while also reducing the risks associated with opioids. It is estimated that 100 million people in the U.S. are living with chronic pain and that approximately 1/3 of these individuals are seeking medical treatment for their pain.

Pain management has typically not been a part of behavioral health practice but research and clinical practice are demonstrating that behavioral interventions are the most effective treatment for chronic pain. The CDC recently put out guidelines that highlight the opioid epidemic and its tragic consequences, along with recommendations for treating chronic pain. Behavioral treatment is the most effective treatment and should be tried prior to prescribing opioids.

More behavioral health providers with expertise in behavioral interventions for pain management are needed to combat the opioid epidemic. This interactive and cutting-edge training will provide participants with innovative and evidence-based tools and techniques to expand their clinical practice and treat chronic pain. Participants will gain the skills and confidence needed to provide practical and life-changing interventions to help individuals manage chronic pain and enjoy active, healthy and meaningful lives.

Can’t make this date? This program is also offered on March 8th, 2019- Click HERE for details and to register!

Download Event Brochure 

Target Audience

Behavioral health professionals including psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, and others interested in this topic.

Objectives

  • Define pain and its emotional aspects
  • Describe and map out the chronic pain cycle
  • List risks of opioid medications
  • Utilize effective components of the cognitive-behavioral treatment of chronic pain
  • Demonstrate mindful approaches for chronic pain
Jan
1
Tue
Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing – AVAILABLE NOW through March 15, 2021! @ Webinar
Jan 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

Jan
26
Sat
Managing Pain in the Age of the Opioid Crisis (Free Breakfast) @ Gaston County DHHS
Jan 26 @ 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Description

This inter-professional event will provide timely and relevant continuing education for medical prescribers and behavioral health professionals in the midst of the opioid crisis. Topics include evidence-based analysis of the relative effectiveness of medications and their side effects, treatment recommendations for acute and chronic pain, and recognizing substance use/opioid use disorder (SUD & OUD), as well as statistics and nuanced data on prescribing and substance abuse patterns in Gaston County. The North Carolina Medical Board will provide important updates in state laws and explore legal and ethical dilemmas associated with prescribing opioids in North Carolina. This educational activity satisfies the controlled substance prescribing Continuing Education content per NCAC rules and includes:

• 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 Continuing Education requirements as set forth by their licensing boards. Requirements vary by discipline and board.

Feb
1
Fri
Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing – AVAILABLE NOW through March 15, 2021! @ Webinar
Feb 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

Feb
18
Mon
Treating Pain Safely: Fewer Opioids and Better Results Controlled Substances Education for Prescribers @ Swain County Hospital
Feb 18 @ 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.

Objectives

  • 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
Mar
1
Fri
Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing – AVAILABLE NOW through March 15, 2021! @ Webinar
Mar 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

Mar
8
Fri
Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain: Evidence-Based Tools to Move from Hurt to Hope @ MAHEC
Mar 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:45 pm

Description

Across the nation, healthcare providers are taking another look at how to safely and effectively treat pain while also reducing the risks associated with opioids. It is estimated that 100 million people in the U.S. are living with chronic pain and that approximately 1/3 of these individuals are seeking medical treatment for their pain.

Pain management has typically not been a part of behavioral health practice but research and clinical practice are demonstrating that behavioral interventions are the most effective treatment for chronic pain. The CDC recently put out guidelines that highlight the opioid epidemic and its tragic consequences, along with recommendations for treating chronic pain. Behavioral treatment is the most effective treatment and should be tried prior to prescribing opioids.

More behavioral health providers with expertise in behavioral interventions for pain management are needed to combat the opioid epidemic. This interactive and cutting-edge training will provide participants with innovative and evidence-based tools and techniques to expand their clinical practice and treat chronic pain. Participants will gain the skills and confidence needed to provide practical and life-changing interventions to help individuals manage chronic pain and enjoy active, healthy and meaningful lives.

Can’t make this date? This program is also offered on March 8th, 2019- Click HERE for details and to register!

Download Event Brochure 

Target Audience

Behavioral health professionals including psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, and others interested in this topic.

Objectives

  • Define pain and its emotional aspects
  • Describe and map out the chronic pain cycle
  • List risks of opioid medications
  • Utilize effective components of the cognitive-behavioral treatment of chronic pain
  • Demonstrate mindful approaches for chronic pain
Mar
21
Thu
Addiction Medicine Conference in Asheville, NC @ Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Mar 21 – Mar 23 all-day
Apr
1
Mon
Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing – AVAILABLE NOW through March 15, 2021! @ Webinar
Apr 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

Apr
4
Thu
Treating Pain Safely: Fewer Opioids and Better Results Controlled Substances Education for Prescribers @ MAHEC Mary C. Nesbitt Biltmore Campus, Pisgah Room
Apr 4 @ 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.

Objectives

  • 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
May
1
Wed
Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing – AVAILABLE NOW through March 15, 2021! @ Webinar
May 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

May
8
Wed
Analgesic Prescribing in the Opioid Overdose Epidemic: A Milligram of Prevention @ Webinar
May 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Course Title: Analgesic Prescribing in the Opioid Overdose Epidemic: A Milligram of Prevention is Better than a Pound of Rehabilitation

Date and Time of Course: May 8, 2019; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Course Description: The opioid overdose epidemic results in approximately 170 deaths every day across America. The dental profession has been responsive to the magnitude of this human tragedy and the overwhelming evidence that NSAIDs, acetaminophen and long-acting local anesthetic formulations result in greater analgesia, less adverse effects and much lower risk of drug diversion, misuse and the development of opioid use disorders. This webinar will provide greater understanding of the multiple forces that are driving this epidemic and suggest how dentists can effectively deal with the root causes of the epidemic.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Dental personnel will understand the causes that have contributed to the current opioid overdose epidemic in the US
  2. Dental prescribers will appreciate that non-opioid alternatives are more effective and can be administered to prevent acute pain and inflammation rather than attempt to manage acute pain poorly with opioids that do not  have anti-inflammatory efficacy.
  3. Dental personnel will better understand how that can contribute to minimizing the overdose crisis with patient education, evaluation of a patient’s opioid prescribing history by using the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and how to manage an opioid overdose in the dental office.

Biosketch: Dr. Dionne is a dentist and clinical pharmacologist who conducted clinical pain research at the NIH for greater than 25 years and, in parallel, practiced general dentistry part-time in the District of Columbia. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and a Research Professor at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine.

Jun
1
Sat
Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing – AVAILABLE NOW through March 15, 2021! @ Webinar
Jun 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

Jul
1
Mon
Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing – AVAILABLE NOW through March 15, 2021! @ Webinar
Jul 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