The Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic
Opioid abuse is a serious public health issue. Drug overdose is a leading cause of injury death in the United States, and there is a clear correlation between opioid-prescribing rates and overdose death rates. This fact accentuates the importance of prescribing guidelines that encourage the use of opioids only when benefits outweigh risks and that promote safe use when opioids are needed. This activity will discuss opioid-prescribing guidelines for chronic pain; the clinical decision-making process to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing; and how organ donations have increased in the wake of the opioid epidemic.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the evolving epidemiology of the opioid epidemic.
- Discuss the role of the medical community in the opioid epidemic.
- Describe key components of opioid-prescribing guidelines for chronic pain.
- Identify local, state, and national efforts undertaken to combat the opioid epidemic.
William B. Leasure, MD
Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA
Sarah Chart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Michelle James, MS, RN, CNS, CCTN, APRN-BC
Michael Petty, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC
Tina Rydland, PharmD
V. Silverstein, MD
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Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method of participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity. For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.
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- Completing the entire activity
- Completing the pre- and post-activity assessments, activity evaluation and application for certificate of credit
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Method for Calculating CE Credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
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
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
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): JA0007123-0000-18-115-H01-P/T
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.
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide Ethics continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is approved for 1.00 CE contact hours. (Please reference the 26th Annual National Conference when contacting CCMC to claim credit for this activity.)
CCMC Ethics credit is approved for this course. The CCMC Code of Professional Conduct will be referenced in this presentation. View the CCMC Code of Professional Conduct here.
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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 epidemic.
This activity consists of recorded presentations from the "26th Annual National Conference" held in Chicago, IL on October 2–4, 2017.
- 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 - Ethics - Case Managers