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International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31, 2019

International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31, 2019

Our country is in the middle of an unprecedented drug overdose epidemic. There were more than 61,000 preventable drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2017 and more than 43,000 involved opioids. More lives could be saved if more people carried Naloxone. Did you know – North...

Screen All Adult Patients for Illicit Drug Use, National Panel Urges

Screen All Adult Patients for Illicit Drug Use, National Panel Urges

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that all primary care clinicians screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, including improper use of prescription medications. This is a major shift from their 2008 guidelines as the panel notes there...

Sep
18
Wed
UNC School of Social Work Clinical Lecture: The Ethics of Caring @ Northwest AHEC
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This session will focus on the ethical issues related to boundary crossings and violations in our work. The reasons why these occur will be explored and how to address them with teams, mentors, supervisors, and other resources will be discussed

Registration Information

Sep
19
Thu
Motivational Interviewing I @ SEAHEC
Sep 19 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This 2-day workshop is designed for practitioners either new to MI or wanting a full refresher to the concepts and an opportunity for supervised practice of skills.

Event Brochure

Sep
27
Fri
Waiver Training Providers’ Clinical Support System – Buprenorphine Office Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders The “Half and Half” Course @ MAHEC
Sep 27 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Description

Opioid dependence is epidemic in the United States. While progress has been made in training providers, the gap in providing effective treatment of opioid use disorders continues to widen, moving beyond heroin addicted individuals to a much larger and diverse segment of the population. This increase is predominantly due to an alarming increase in addiction to prescription opioid analgesic medications. Buprenorphine, the most recent addition to the pharmacotherapies available to treat opioid dependence, is novel among the opioid pharmacotherapies because of its partial agonist properties. It has been placed on Schedule III and is available by prescription from a physician’s office-based practice.

Recognizing the impact of this addiction, as well as learning how to treat opioid use disorders, are important steps in combating this ever growing medical problem. To obtain the waiver to prescribe, providers are required to take specialized training. PCSS-MAT uses the Half-and-Half format (first, 4.25 hours of face-to-face training with an instructor, followed by 3.75 hours of on-your-own-training that must be completed along with a post test). This training meets the requirements for physicians; however additional training is required for advanced practice providers. The training focuses on specifics of treating patients with opioid use disorders in office-based settings and clinical vignettes to help trainees think through “real life” experiences in opioid use disorders treatment. Once the waiver training is completed in full, participants will receive a CME certificate of attendance from AAAP.

This program includes up to 2.0 hours of controlled substances content. Per NCAC rules: 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.

Target Audience

The program is recommended for prescribers in primary care, emergency medicine, pain management, psychiatric, HIV, and addiction medicine. (Not a prescriber? CLICK HERE)

Objectives

  • Review addiction treatment in office-based practices
  • Discuss the pharmacological treatments of opioid use disorder
  • Determine what medical record documentation must be followed
  • Discuss the process of buprenorphine induction as well as stabilization and maintenance techniques
  • Describe how to take a patient history and evaluation
  • Review safety concerns and drug interactions
Waiver Related Training Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) @ MAHEC
Sep 27 @ 1:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Description

Opioid addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that affects millions of Americans and produces a tremendous burden on the healthcare system. In 2002, U.S. physicians gained the opportunity to treat opioid-addicted patients with buprenorphine in primary care settings, commonly referred to as office-based opioid treatment (OBOT). OBOT has been shown to be effective in primary care settings and impacts public health through the reduction of opioid use, opioid overdose mortality and transmission of infectious diseases. However, it remains underutilized.

One consistently cited barrier preventing OBOT expansion is lack of adequate clinical support given the additional needs for patient monitoring. Successful medication-assisted treatment (MAT) requires a team-based approach just like treatment for other chronic diseases. In addition, treatment is more effective when providers can use a trauma-informed and gender-responsive treatment plan.

The goal of this companion program to the AAAP Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders (The “Half and Half” Course) is to increase the comfort level and expertise of the healthcare team by outlining a team approach, trauma-informed interventions, gender-responsive care, and recommendations for implementation of buprenorphine OBOT.

Target Audience

Nurses, mental health professionals including substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, school counselors, practice managers, program administrators, medical assistants, care managers and coordinators and other professionals interested in this subject.

Objectives

  • Describe the presented framework of office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) including practice changes, medications used, psychosocial services and integration/coordination components
  • Utilize evidence-based interventions that are trauma-informed and gender-responsive to treat persons with substance use disorders
  • Define the roles of an effective practice team, including primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, and using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for opioid and other substance use disorders
  • Increase medical and behavioral health professionals’ receptivity and capability to work collaboratively as they evaluate and manage opioid and other substance use disorders using SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment)
  • List key components of evidence-based and effective OBOT
Oct
1
Tue
Treating Pain Safer: One Hour Online Course for Safe Opioid Prescribing – AVAILABLE NOW through March 15, 2021! @ Webinar
Oct 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

Oct
4
Fri
Addiction Medicine Essentials Conference @ Archie K. Davis Conference Center
Oct 4 @ 8:00 am – Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm
Oct
7
Mon
Opioid and Heroin Abuse Among Our Veterans – Online Course
Oct 7 @ 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
Oct 7 @ 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

Oct
19
Sat
Mental Health for Military Populations: Core Clinical Competencies for Treating Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This webinar is part three of the six-part specialty training series on the military-affiliated population. The purpose of this presentation is to provide attendees with an overview of the proposed competencies. Participants will be able to identify the different domains that a provider must understand in order to provide the best service to the military-affiliated population.

Oct
23
Wed
APNC Fall Conference @ Holiday Inn Resort - Wrightsville Beach
Oct 23 – Oct 25 all-day

“When we empower our professionals through deliberate education and vigilant advocacy, more lives are saved, more people find wellness and more communities prosper.” – APNC’s Why Statement

Addiction Professionals of North Carolina is committed to empowering our prevention, treatment, and recovery professionals to thrive. The unrelenting addiction epidemic and North Carolina’s evolving continuum of care require deliberate education and vigilant advocacy.

Our conferences keep helpers up to date on what’s trending in the field. We provide training on exciting innovations and updates on pertinent legislation and policy. Participants seize these opportunities to network with change agents from across the country to improve their practice and amplify their voices.

Join the movement.

Oct
26
Sat
Beyond Basic Military Awareness: Cultural Competence in Working with Military Affiliated Populations
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This webinar is part four of the six-part specialty training series on the military-affiliated population. This presentation will focus on how providers can develop information about the functioning and worldview of the military population, as presented in the Competencies for Counseling Military Populations. Participants will understand the need to learn both the implicit and explicit factors of military culture and how that may impact their clients.

Nov
4
Mon
Opioid and Heroin Abuse Among Our Veterans – Online Course
Nov 4 @ 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
Nov 4 @ 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

Nov
23
Sat
Identifying Presenting Concerns: Assessment Competencies for Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families
Nov 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This webinar is part five of the six-part specialty training series on the military-affiliated population. The purpose of this presentation will be to present common areas of clinical concern as identified by the Competencies for Counseling Military Populations. Participants will be able to understand the need to identify prevalent concerns among several different military-affiliated populations.

Dec
2
Mon
Opioid and Heroin Abuse Among Our Veterans – Online Course
Dec 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