Addiction Medicine Updates
Latest News & Upcoming Events
While opioid addiction is widely recognized as a national epidemic, one aspect of the crisis has received little attention: the short- and long-term effects on children and adolescents whose parents are addicted. An individual’s substance use disorder (SUD) sends...
RALEIGH, NC (April 2, 2019) – Stephen Wyatt, DO, medical director of Addiction Medicine at Atrium Health in Charlotte, was awarded the Frederick B. Glaser Award on March 23 at the Addiction Medicine 2019 conference held in Asheville, NC. The biennial award, given by...
In 2016, the powerful drug fentanyl claimed the life of music legend Prince and has, in recent years, largely contributed to the next wave of America’s opioid crisis. Here are 10 things you should know about fentanyl. 10 Things to Know About Fentanyl Learn more about...
Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing
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.
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