Opioid Use Disorder
This presentation will review National and AL data on OUD and use pattern trends. We will discuss risk factors, behavioral clues, and DSM criteria. Epidemiology and prevalence will be discussed. The changing opioid crisis will be discussed with increased emphasis on illicit synthetic opioid use rather than the prescription opioid use driving the current crisis. We will discuss impact of medical cannabis use on patients prescribed opioids for various conditions.
The Substance Use Disorders in Alabama project is a cooperative effort of the Alabama Department of Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It is made possible by a grant provided by SAMHSA.
This knowledge-based program is intended for Pharmacists, Nurses, Social Workers, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians and PAs.
- Define opioid use disorder (OUD) and use patterns in adolescents, adults, and vulnerable populations
- Review risk factors for OUD in adolescents, adults, and vulnerable populations
- Explain the association between OUD and mental health
- Discuss common behaviors, warning signs, and risks of those currently misusing opioids
- Demonstrate best practices for communicating difficult conversations with those suspected of OUD
- Discuss the interplay between cultural factors and an individual’s vulnerability to opioids
Dr. Atkinson is currently a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain Management at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. He graduated from LECOM School of Pharmacy in 2012, completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at VA Western New York Healthcare System in 2013, followed by a PGY-2 Pain and Palliative Care Residency at the Albany Stratton VAMC in 2014. Dr. Atkinson specializes in complex and high-risk pain medication management through direct patient care and electronic consult services within the regional referral pain clinic. He serves as co-chair of TVHS Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) Taskforce, Director of PGY2 Pain Management & Palliative Care Residency Program at VA TVHS. Dr. Atkinson actively promotes expansion of pharmacy pain management services through several VHA initiatives including CPPO Pain Subject Matter Expert (SME) Workgroup, Chair of VHA Pharmacy Residency Practice Office (PRPO) Pain RPD Subgroup, and represents pain on national VA Residency Advisory Board (RAB). He recently served on the ASHP committee to revise residency competency, goals, and objectives for all pain & palliative care residency programs and co-authored the newly approved RFP for expansion of VA Pain Management residency programs. When not enjoying time with family, he has research interests in serum level monitoring, variability in opioid equivalencies, pain management in specialty disease states, and the elderly.
Auburn University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education; credits are recognized nationwide. The Universal Activity Number for this knowledge-based program is 0001-9999-22-041-H08-P and is intended for pharmacists. The initial release date for this home-study program is May 25, 2022 and the intended expiration date is May 25, 2025.
Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy is a Board approved provider of continuing nursing education in Alabama by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider Number: ABNP1515.
Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy is a Board approved provider of continuing education for social workers by the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners. Provider Number: 0643.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA) through the joint providership of Huntsville Hospital and the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. Huntsville Hospital is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Huntsville Hospital designates this home study program for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This course is approved for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™towards the Controlled Substance requirement for QACSC certificate holders in Alabama.
- 1.20 ABNAuburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy is a Board approved provider of continuing nursing education in Alabama by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider Number: ABNP1515
- 1.00 ABSWE
- 1.00 ACPE PharmacyAuburn University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education; credits are recognized nationwide.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
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