Clinical Challenges in Opioid Prescribing: Balancing Safety and Efficacy

Phoenix, Arizona
Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 27, 2015

Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and SAMHSA and held in collaboration with the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Clinical Challenges in Opioid Prescribing: Balancing Safety and Efficacy
Thursday, August 27, 2015 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Mountain Time)

Renaissance Phoenix Hotel
50 E Adams St
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
United States

Map and Directions
Do you prescribe opioid medications? If so, this course is for you!

Target Audience
The course is designed for all clinicians practicing in primary care settings — physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and others — who prescribe opioid medications and who care for patients receiving opioid medications.

Course Description

Each year, millions of patients are treated for a variety of serious medical conditions with prescriptions drugs. This free SAMHSA-sponsored course will provide specific knowledge and skills associated with safe prescribing of opioids, including balancing optimal pain relief and preventing inappropriate use of opioid analgesics.

Learning Objectives
After completing this activity, the participant should be better 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.
Jacqueline Tulsky, MD
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco, and Diplomat, Board of Addiction Medicine

Bill McFeature, PHD
JBS International, Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration-SBIRT Consultant, and Randford University Adjunct Faculty Member

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

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 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Americans with Disabilities Act
Event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (ie, physical, dietary, etc). Please contact Anne Leopold prior to the live event at (240) 645-4135.

Grant funding received from SAMHSA.

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