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Symposium on Opioid Abuse

Topic Specific Objectives

Matt Rathgeb: A Story

OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of this session, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe the experience of becoming an addict.
  2. Restate a personal story of addiction and recovery.
  3. Describe the recommended program for an individual to treat addiction.

The Opioid Epidemic

Richard Sobel, MD

OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of this session, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe the scope of opioid addiction in our community.
  2. Discuss the medical/ psychological nature of addiction.
  3. List appropriate methods of controlled prescribing and pain management techniques.

Treatment options for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder

William J. Lorman, JD, PhD

OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this presentation, the participant shall be able to:

  1. Review treatment options available in our community
  2. Describe the medical and psychiatric issues relative to opioid addiction
  3. Discuss the use of alternative medications such as suboxone and vivitrol in the management of opioid addition

A Review of PA State Programs

Ken Martz, MD

OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of this session, the learner should be able to:

  1. Relate the PA State position on opioid abuse
  2. Describe the various state programs available for treatment
  3. Describe the challenges of enforcement of existing laws statewide.
  4. Describe the PA Prescription Monitoring program.

PA Drug Court and Criminal Issues

Dean Beer, Esq

OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of this session, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe the Montgomery County Drug Court system
  2. Describe local efforts to control opioid abuse.
  3. Examine management efforts being undertaken by the legal system.

Across the Continuum - Managing the Inpatient - Part 1

Across the Continuum - Managing the Inpatient - Part 2

Danielle Schulingcamp, RPh, BCPS, BCCCP

OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of this session, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe treatment of inpatient addiction issues.
  2. Explain the challenges of the stigma of addiction.
  3. Develop a system of discussion around the issues surrounding addiction.

Be a Part of the Conversation

Kim Rubenstein, CRS

OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of this session, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe the efforts being made in outreach programs for opioid addiction.
  2. Describe the process of various paths to addiction.

Testimonials and stories: Addiction and Recovery

OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of this session, the learner should be able to:

  1. Relate the human cost of the opioid epidemic.
  2. Relate to persons in recovery.
  3. Describe various ways of talking about addiction with family members/patients.

Panel Discussion: Summary Issues/Recommendations/Programs

Cathy Hillman, MD, Scott Shapiro, MD, Peter Swanljung, MD, Nancy DeAngelis, MSN, CRNP

OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of this session, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe various proposals for improvement in the field of addiction medicine.
  2. Describe the challenges associated with enforcement and treatment.
  3. Summarize recommendations for future actions to control the opioid epidemic from medical/psychological/social standpoints.

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