Addiction Seminar CME / CPD 

Full Course:  20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Short Course:  10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Course(s) are appropriate for:  Subspecialist Physicians, Family Practitioners, Internists, General Practitioners, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants (PA-C's)

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Course Topics

Cholestasis /Pain and Opioid Addiction During Pregnancy

Explain the pathophysiology of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy; Choose appropriate management strategies for intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy; Recognize trends of opioid overdose mortality in pregnancyassociated deaths; Compare the risks and benefits of using medications to treat opioid use disorder during pregnancy; Manage chronic pain using nonopioid regimens in women with opioid use disorder.

Substance Abuse: Trends and Cases

Review recent epidemiological data and trends on substance abuse and related mortality among the pediatric population; Develop strategies for reducing pediatric substance abuse; Identify drugs and substances commonly abused in the pediatric population; Utilize resources to identify emerging trends in use of recreational drugs in the pediatric population; Discuss the limitations of current drug screening tests.

Prescription Drug Abuse/Psychosocial Causes of Pain

Detect red flags or yellow flags associated with prescription drug abuse; Use prescription drug-monitoring programs to prevent drug abuse; Create an opioid agreement or contract to effectively curtail drug abuse; Elaborate on the effects of stress on the sympathetic nervous system and how they can perpetuate the experience of pain; Treat patients with chronic pain as whole persons instead of focusing only on disease state.

Borderline Personality Disorder/Gambling Disorder

Explain the criteria for BPD as shown in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition); Screen and assess patients presenting with BPD; Optimize use of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in treatment of BPD; Cite the epidemiology and symptomatology of gambling disorder; Provide treatment options for comorbidities associated with gambling disorder

Exposure to Ultrapotent Opioids

Describe the physiologic effects of opioids and opioid receptor subtypes; Identify UPOs commonly utilized in veterinary medicine and occasionally in clinical practice as a substitute for traditional opioids; Distinguish among the risks associated with opioid and UPO use, including substance abuse and addiction; Treat UPO exposure using naloxone and other opioid antagonists; Manage exposure to other veterinary anesthetics, such as ?-2 adrenergic agonists, ketamine, benzodiazepines, and inhalational agents.

Marijuana Use and COVID-19/ Addiction and Pain Management Issues in the Patient with HIV Infection

Cite evidence about morbidity and mortality associated with use of marijuana; Explain assessments of substance use disorders in states where recreational marijuana is legal; List evidence that shows association between marijuana use and cardiovascular events; Optimize opioid benefit in management of chronic pain; Manage pain in patients making use of buprenorphinenaloxone.


Opioids /Gastrointestinal Conditions

Elaborate on the appropriate use of opioids in the management of chronic noncancer pain; Provide patients with effective options for treatment of opioid use disorder; Minimize risk for infection in patients being treated for opioid use disorder during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic; Evaluate patients suspected of having inflammatory bowel disease; Optimize treatment in patients with chronic liver disease.

Aging and Frailty/Recognizing Substance Abuse

Distinguish between aging and frailty; Summarize the ways malnutrition and cognitive dysfunction contribute to frailty and poor outcomes; Screen for and diagnose frailty to predict and reduce surgical complications; Recognize substance use disorder and addiction in patients and colleagues; Follow appropriate procedures for reporting and investigating a colleague suspected of impairment from substance use disorder.


Explain the rise in popularity of vaping products; List adverse effects of smoking vs vaping; Cite potential long-term morbidity associated with vaping; Identify inflammatory markers associated with VALI; Elaborate on prescription regulation of vaping products.

Addiction Medicine/Medication Overuse Headache

Reduce risk for overdose among family members of patients with prescriptions for opioids; Evaluate the efficacy of detoxification in patients with substance use disorder; Choose an effective strategy for helping patients to quit smoking; Minimize risk for medication overuse headache among patients being treated for migraine; Appropriately use drugs that are preventative against migraine in patients with medication overuse headache.



Additional Information

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