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.