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Can Paramedics Be the First Step in Addiction Treatment?

Can Paramedics Be the First Step in Addiction Treatment?

A recent headline highlighting New Jersey as the first state to authorize paramedics to start addiction treatment at the scene of an overdose, prompted Open Minds Director of Market Intelligence, Athena Mandros, to explore the concept further. In her article, she...

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...

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

Aug
5
Mon
NCFADS 2019 Summer School @ UNC Wilmington
Aug 5 – Aug 9 all-day
Opioid and Heroin Abuse Among Our Veterans – Online Course
Aug 5 @ 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
Aug 5 @ 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

Aug
16
Fri
7 County Western NC Community Summit @ First Baptist Church
Aug 16 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Leaders representing all sectors of the continuum of recovery in the 7 Western North Carolina counties will come together to share the challenges they face daily addressing issues surrounding prevention, treatment, and recovery support for those suffering from opioids and other Substance Use Disorders.  Leaders from Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties will gather with State leadership as well as agencies and organizations throughout the State to share ideas, collaborate and provide support for solution-based action plans.   Because each community’s challenges and solutions are unique to them, it is critical to have key leadership from the community present for this collaboration.

Trauma Informed Care: Seeking Safety and Other Evidence Based Practices @ William F Andrews Center
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Trauma Informed Care: Seeking Safety and Other Evidence Based Practices @ William F Andrews Center | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

This program is designed to introduce substance abuse and/or mental health practitioners to existing evidence-based practices for trauma informed care. The workshop is interactive and will incorporate participants’ experience, questions, and concerns.

Registration Information

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.

Registration Information

 

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