The Fight Against the Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic
According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 2000 and 2014, the drug epidemic in the United States claimed the lives of half a million people, with 2014 being the most lethal year on record. Of the 28,000 deaths caused by drug overdose in 2014, more than 60 percent were due to an opioid overdose. The goal of this presentation is to explain how health care providers can identify the signs of drug toxicity and understand the risks of opioid use and abuse in their patient population, in addition to learning how to create pain-management plans that do not require opioids for their chronic-pain patients. It will also explain important steps taken by governments and administrations in addressing the prescription opioid abuse epidemic.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Describe how governments and administrations are addressing the prescription opioid abuse epidemic
- Discuss how physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals can incorporate risk-reduction strategies for pain management
- State ways in which members of the interprofessional team can effectively evaluate patients with chronic and acute pain conditions, identify non-opioid treatment strategies, and learn how to safely manage patients who require opioid treatment
Mark D. Sullivan, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Bioethics and Humanities
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Mark D. Sullivan, MD, PhD has indicated that he has no relevant financial relationships.
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Crystal Clear Rx
V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
Activity Planner Disclosures
Drs Rydland and Silverstein have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships.
Ms Chart and Ms Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
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In support of improving patient care, OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit Designation Statements
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
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This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour(s) ([0.1] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour(s).
Unique Activity Number(s): 0860-0000-16-029-H01-P/0860-0000-16-029-H01-T
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in the opioid addiction epidemic.
This activity consists of recorded presentations from the "10th Annual Medical Director Forum" held in Las Vegas, NV on November 3, 2016.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers