There is a growing opioid epidemic and our role as providers and patient leaders in the community cannot be overstated. We need to recognize the growing burden of this problem as well as the role of all stakeholders in addressing the opioid epidemic in their communities. What is the prevalence, nationally and locally, for opioid use and prescribing? Where are the growing pockets and populations of opioid use? What is the Drug Enforcement Agency’s perspective from the front lines? In this course you learn how to apply knowledge of acute and chronic pain pathways and underlying mechanisms to clinical assessment and appropriate management of pain. Through the use of a 3D presentation, the differences between acute and chronic pain pathways and pain points and specific targets for opioids—appropriate and inappropriate—will be demonstrated. We will evaluate current clinical workflows for opioid prescribing, incorporating 2 best practice strategies to optimize safe and competent prescribing and minimize potential for abuse and diversion. Discussed will be working with patients to develop multimodal pain strategies; how to minimize the risk for diversion and abuse; and safe disposal of medications. After this course, you will be able to access resources and guidelines to recognize and treat patients with opioid use disorder and integrate into practice concepts from novel programs in the community to address opioid overdose and treat patients with opioid use disorder.
Presented by CME Outfitters and USF Health. Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.