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New Shatterproof Initiative Being Piloted In NC

New Shatterproof Initiative Being Piloted In NC

Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families, is piloting a national project in 6 states, including North Carolina. ATLAS is an addiction treatment locator, analysis and standards tool to help people...

CDC: ‘Hundreds’ of New Vaping Illnesses Reported in the Last Week

CDC: ‘Hundreds’ of New Vaping Illnesses Reported in the Last Week

CNBC (9/24/19) -- Hundreds” of new cases of a vaping-related lung disease have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just in the past week, a top agency official told Congress on Tuesday. The CDC last week said the mysterious lung disease has...

STR Treatment Outcomes Report

STR Treatment Outcomes Report

The Missouri Department of Mental Health recently released 12-month outcome data for their Opioid State Targeted Response (Opioid STR) Grant that compares Medication First MOUD and Traditional approaches. See Statewide outcomes and abstracts for peer reviewed articles...

Feb
20
Wed
Adopting Best Practices in Substance Abuse Treatment: An Ongoing Teaching Case Conference Series @ William F Andrews Center
Feb 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Program Description: In this time of major systems change, addiction treatment professionals are challenged to treat increasingly complex alcohol and other drug use disorders with a greater emphasis on evidence-based outcomes and cost effectiveness. At the same time there have been significant advances in our understanding of the biological and environmental underpinnings of addictive disease which has informed emerging treatment best practices. While a number of evidence based behavioral and medication assisted practices have been developed to respond to the science, the gap between research and practice has been highlighted by the Institute of Medicine (1998). In an effort to bridge this gap, there is a growing effort within the field of addictions treatment to better integrate research with practice by implementing science based practices. These specific practices are described in NIDA’s Priniciples of Drug Addiction Treatment : A Research Based Guide (2008) as well as in the findings from the Conference on Approaches For Combating the Troublesome Use of Substances (CACTUS) as published in Rethinking Substance Abuse by William R. Miller and Kathleen M. Carroll (2008). This series is also focused on introducing participants to evidence based treatment models included in the current National Registry of Evidence Based Programs Practices (SAMHSA). These EBPs include Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Incentives, Seeking Safety, Cognitive Based Therapies and Mindfulness based interventions. Discussions will focus on ways that practitioners can apply these practices and evidence based models to current clinical situations.

Method: This teaching case conference series uses a traditional case study and facilitated learning collaborative method to assist participants to identify, learn and apply best practices and evidence based models within the context of actual cases. Participants will be expected to come prepared each session with cases that present special challenges as well as opportunities for learning. The goal of these conferences will be to identify appropriate best practices and to find ways in which specific evidence based treatments can be used to incorporate the use of evidence based treatments.

This teaching case conference series is also intended to promote collaboration among treatment providers in an effort to facilitate cross referrals, promote a regional recovery oriented system of care and integrated care approaches. The series will also serve as a vehicle for disseminating information about new research findings as well as available professional development and community service resources. Finally, these sessions will be facilitated in a manner to promote collegial support and enhance workforce morale and retention.

See brochure for speaker information.

Objectives

  • Present cases that provide an opportunity for shared learning.
  • Learn and discuss best practices and evidence based treatments that can be applied in the real world.
  • Identify opportunities for further training in evidence based practices.
  • Facilitate referrals and system of care development.
  • Review and discuss research based findings and perspectives.
  • Improve workforce morale and retention.
Feb
22
Fri
Advanced Opioid Workshop: Transforming Practice To Save Lives “Elevating the Role of the Pharmacist” @ Novant Medical Center
Feb 22 all-day

Four dynamic modules of content will be covered:
1) Pain Management Topics and Best Practices
2) Harm Reduction Topics and Service Concepts
3) Use of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) in practice
4) Fundamentals of Medication Assisted Treatment

♦ 8 hours of LIVE Continuing Education
♦ Interactive & practical sessions designed to help pharmacists
implement new services and practices
♦ Toolkit of helpful resources and information
♦ Steps for integrating new services into existing workflow
♦ Access to an online networking community for attendees to
ask questions, share ideas, and experiences once the workshop is over

Building Capacity to Manage Mental Health and the Opioid Crisis in the Foothills @ J. E. Broyhill Civic Center
Feb 22 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Description

Full Day and Afternoon-only Sessions Available!

Morning Session- Getting Primary Care into the Battle
The US is facing a crisis in both mental health and opioid abuse. Mental health care embedded within primary care, medical homes can go a long way to providing a solution to this crisis. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combined with behavioral therapy can restore productive lives. Our expert speakers will discuss the practical ways to make this work in busy primary care offices.

Topics will include:
• Common mental health issues seen in primary care including substance abuse and chronic pain
• Integrating with mental health specialists and making this work financially
• Providing effective medication-assisted treatment in primary care settings
• Perceived barriers to providing mental health care in primary care settings

Afternoon Session: Mobilizing the Community to Overcome Barriers and Find Solutions
The opioid crisis is truly an epidemic of epic proportions. Inadequate mental health capacity adds to the challenge. The impact is felt daily by individuals, families, and communities. Join us to look at our realities and find solutions.

This will be a dynamic and interactive session using a facilitated small group/tabletop discussion format. The session will focus on three key dimensions of the opioid crisis – mental health factors that contribute to the crisis, patient/chronic care management, and local, team-based solutions.

Results will include:
• Finding common and unique challenges of mental health and opioid use from all constituents represented
• Addressing modifiers or facilitators from a systems perspective that impact the issues
• Identifying next day changes that each participant can make in their own communities or organizations

Target Audience

Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Pharmacists, Nurses, Emergency Medicine, First Responders, Paramedics, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Teachers and Legislators

Objectives

Upon completion of this knowledge-based educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the embedded integrated care clinical model using a behaviorist embedded in a primary care team and roles and responsibilities of the team members
  • Examine the steps to operationalize the integrated care model, including planning, staffing, workflow, facilities, care coordination and information technology
  • Review the development of substance use problems and the neurobiology of addiction
  • Recognize how to appropriately evaluate and use opioids to treat chronic pain into busy primary care settings, including how to integrate Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) (ex: buprenorphine) strategies
  • Engage in discussion and develop actions to breakdown barriers that society and healthcare providers have in treating addiction and substance misuse
  • Describe the efforts by NC DHHS to combat the opioid and mental health challenges in NC, including the NC Opioid Task Force and Medicaid transformation/tailored plans

Faculty

  • Ed J. Bujold, MD, FAAFP
  • Hazel Tapp, PhD
  • Stephen Wyatt, DO
  • Joel Hornberger, MHS
  • Kim Kimminau, PhD

Sessions

Full Day Attendance OR Afternoon Only

FULL DAY: Getting Primary Care into the Battle (Morning) & Mobilizing Community Resources (Afternoon)
2/22 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
ONLY AFTERNOON: Mobilizing Community Resources
2/22 12:30 PM–4:30 PM
Feb
26
Tue
Building Connections across Organizations: Working Together to Understand and Respond to the Opioid Epidemic in NC @ Gillings School of Global Public Health
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The UNC Opioid Research Group presents:

Building Connections across Organizations: Working Together to Understand and Respond to the Opioid Epidemic in NC

 

Nidhi Sachdeva, MPH, Senior Research Program Leader

Department of Population Health Sciences at Duke University

 

February 26, 2019

12-1 pm

3005 Michael Hooker Research Center

Gillings School of Global Public Health

 

Lunch provided

Register by February 21

 

Need accommodations? Email Leah Taraskiewicz at leahkt@unc.edu

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

Opioid Epidemic 2019: Promising Developments in Policy and Treatment @ University of North Carolina School of Social Work Auditorium
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This free workshop will feature presentations from physicians, pharmacists and social workers utilizing treatment models and influencing policies to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families impacted by the opioid epidemic. 

When:

March 1st, 2019
8:30: Registration and light breakfast
9:00-12:00 – Program

Where:

University of North Carolina School of Social Work Auditorium
325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 Directions

Workshop Fee:

Attendance is free

Registration: 

Once you login, please fill out all fields below, select the programs you would like to attend, and proceed to checkout. You must complete the checkout process for your registration to be complete and saved in our system.

**More information and live-streaming instructions will be sent via email at least 2 days prior to the workshop**

Continuing education:

5-7 business days after the program, you will be receiving an email that prompts you to login to your account at https://ssw.unc.edu/sswevents/  where you can fill out an evaluation and then print your personalized certificate.

 

Mar
5
Tue
Integrated Behavioral Health for Medically Underserved and Rural Populations: Department of Social Work 2019 Spring Summit @ NC State Talley Student Union and Ballrooms
Mar 5 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

2019 Spring Summit

The 2019 Social Work Summit, Integrated Behavioral Health for Medically Underserved and Rural Populations, will be held Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, at the NC State Talley Student Union and Ballrooms, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM The summit will focus closely on building collaborations between entities that deliver services, educate students and staff and advocate to deliver integrated behavioral health solutions to rural and underserved populations.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator, George Sigounas, M.S., Ph.D, will be the Keynote Speaker.

Register Here

 

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
16
Sat
Advanced Opioid Workshop: Transforming Practice To Save Lives “Elevating the Role of the Pharmacist” @ Wingate Univ. Hendersonville Health Sciences Ctr
Mar 16 all-day

Four dynamic modules of content will be covered:
1) Pain Management Topics and Best Practices
2) Harm Reduction Topics and Service Concepts
3) Use of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) in practice
4) Fundamentals of Medication Assisted Treatment

♦ 8 hours of LIVE Continuing Education
♦ Interactive & practical sessions designed to help pharmacists
implement new services and practices
♦ Toolkit of helpful resources and information
♦ Steps for integrating new services into existing workflow
♦ Access to an online networking community for attendees to
ask questions, share ideas, and experiences once the workshop is over

Mar
20
Wed
Adopting Best Practices in Substance Abuse Treatment: An Ongoing Teaching Case Conference Series @ William F Andrews Center
Mar 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Program Description: In this time of major systems change, addiction treatment professionals are challenged to treat increasingly complex alcohol and other drug use disorders with a greater emphasis on evidence-based outcomes and cost effectiveness. At the same time there have been significant advances in our understanding of the biological and environmental underpinnings of addictive disease which has informed emerging treatment best practices. While a number of evidence based behavioral and medication assisted practices have been developed to respond to the science, the gap between research and practice has been highlighted by the Institute of Medicine (1998). In an effort to bridge this gap, there is a growing effort within the field of addictions treatment to better integrate research with practice by implementing science based practices. These specific practices are described in NIDA’s Priniciples of Drug Addiction Treatment : A Research Based Guide (2008) as well as in the findings from the Conference on Approaches For Combating the Troublesome Use of Substances (CACTUS) as published in Rethinking Substance Abuse by William R. Miller and Kathleen M. Carroll (2008). This series is also focused on introducing participants to evidence based treatment models included in the current National Registry of Evidence Based Programs Practices (SAMHSA). These EBPs include Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Incentives, Seeking Safety, Cognitive Based Therapies and Mindfulness based interventions. Discussions will focus on ways that practitioners can apply these practices and evidence based models to current clinical situations.

Method: This teaching case conference series uses a traditional case study and facilitated learning collaborative method to assist participants to identify, learn and apply best practices and evidence based models within the context of actual cases. Participants will be expected to come prepared each session with cases that present special challenges as well as opportunities for learning. The goal of these conferences will be to identify appropriate best practices and to find ways in which specific evidence based treatments can be used to incorporate the use of evidence based treatments.

This teaching case conference series is also intended to promote collaboration among treatment providers in an effort to facilitate cross referrals, promote a regional recovery oriented system of care and integrated care approaches. The series will also serve as a vehicle for disseminating information about new research findings as well as available professional development and community service resources. Finally, these sessions will be facilitated in a manner to promote collegial support and enhance workforce morale and retention.

See brochure for speaker information.

Objectives

  • Present cases that provide an opportunity for shared learning.
  • Learn and discuss best practices and evidence based treatments that can be applied in the real world.
  • Identify opportunities for further training in evidence based practices.
  • Facilitate referrals and system of care development.
  • Review and discuss research based findings and perspectives.
  • Improve workforce morale and retention.
Mar
21
Thu
Addiction Medicine Conference in Asheville, NC @ Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Mar 21 – Mar 23 all-day
Advanced Opioid Workshop: Transforming Practice To Save Lives “Elevating the Role of the Pharmacist” @ Community Care of North Carolina
Mar 21 all-day

Four dynamic modules of content will be covered:
1) Pain Management Topics and Best Practices
2) Harm Reduction Topics and Service Concepts
3) Use of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) in practice
4) Fundamentals of Medication Assisted Treatment

♦ 8 hours of LIVE Continuing Education
♦ Interactive & practical sessions designed to help pharmacists
implement new services and practices
♦ Toolkit of helpful resources and information
♦ Steps for integrating new services into existing workflow
♦ Access to an online networking community for attendees to
ask questions, share ideas, and experiences once the workshop is over

Mar
27
Wed
Current Trends in Alcohol and Substance Misuse, Plus the Dangers of E-Cigarettes @ Area L AHEC
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:15 pm

Description

This symposium will enhance knowledge and increase an awareness in current trends, best practices, and prevention efforts related to alcohol, e-cigarettes, and other substance misuse. The session will also discuss North Carolina substance misuse statistics, stigma associated with substance misuse, and how to include polysubstance use prevention efforts.

Objectives

  • Discuss the slang terms, drug popularity, methods and concealment of alcohol and substance use
  • Describe the changing landscape of substances responsible for overdose deaths in North Carolina and the increasing prevalence of polysubstance use
  • Review North Carolina’s middle and high school e-cigarette and tobacco use rates and data on youth access to tobacco products
  • Identify the negative health outcomes caused by e-cigarettes
  • Discuss substances other than opioids that are currently trending in a negative way
  • Recognize the stigma that can be associated with substance misuse and how it can be a barrier to treatment

Audience

The target audience will include physicians, physician’s 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

NCSAPPB SS 6.00
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit 6.00
Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists 6.00
ADA CERP 6.00
CEU 0.60
ACPE 6.00
CNE Contact Hours 6.00
CHES – CECH 6.00

Event Fees

Early registration – Lunch included, expires Feb. 21 2019

$98.00

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