OPTIONAL: Post-Conference Session Provided by: SAMHSA & PIM

Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Thursday 8:30 am–2:30 pm

 PURPOSE: This free SAMHSA-hosted course is designed to help medical professionals address the balance between providing optimal pain relief and preventing inappropriate use of opioid analgesics, including avoiding adverse outcomes for their patients, for the community, and for themselves.

Theodore V. (Ted) Parran, Jr., M.D., FACP
Carter & Isabel Wang Professor and Chair in Medical Education, and Addiction Medicine Fellowship Co-Director, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Anton C. Bizzell, MD
President & CEO, The Bizzell Group, LLC

On completing this course, participants will be able to:
1.Describe the nature of chronic pain and options for its treatment.
2.Select patients who are appropriate candidates for opioid management of chronic pain.
3.Define risk factors for potential misuse, abuse, and diversion of prescribed opioid medications.
4.Recognize the importance of consistent screening for risk prior to prescribing.
5.Outline a time-efficient method of conducting risk screening.
6.Follow an evidence-based protocol for starting patients on opioid analgesic therapy, including safely initiating and titrating opioids.
7.Monitor patients' response to opioids and address problems such as inadequate response to treatment.
8.Recognize problematic or aberrant drug-taking behaviors and be able to distinguish unintentional misuse, pseudoaddiction, or chemical coping from deliberate misuse, abuse, and diversion.
9.Outline a time-efficient approach to dealing appropriately with aberrant drug-taking behaviors, including referral to specialized addiction treatment programs when indicated.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians practicing family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics/adolescent medicine, general and orthopedic surgery, geriatrics, sports medicine, psychiatry; dentists, oral surgeons; physician assistants; and advanced Practice nurses involved in the care of patients utilizing opioid treatment.

CONTENT: The course consists of 15 modules that focus on best practices and evidence-based clinical protocols for the use of opioids in the treatment of pain. Topics addressed through lectures and case discussions include (1) strategies for patient selection, risk assessment, and education, (2) techniques for effective patient monitoring, (3) the risks and benefits of opioids, as well as how to incorporate clinical techniques and office policies and practices that reduce risk and enhance patient outcomes, (4) the use of state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) to reduce risk and rapidly detect problems, and (5) why, when, and how to stop prescribing opioids and pursue other treatment options.

ACCREDITATION STATEMENT: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and SAMHSA. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CREDIT DESIGNATION: The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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