ACOPC Summer Conference 2019 -On the Horizon: Next Steps Matter Most in the Opioid Epidemic

July 18, 2019

Healthcare professionals have a gap in needing alternative pain management strategies when opioids are not appropriate for the patient.

Healthcare professionals do not have enough training on practical application of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines in professional medical practice.

Target Audience

Physical and behavioral healthcare providers, pharmacists, substance use disorder specialists, recovery and rehabilitation organizations, county drug and alcohol personnel, students, criminal justice services, harm reduction organizations, media representatives, and a variety of community support and services groups and parents/mentors and any others who would like to learn more about preventing overdoses.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the Opioid Crisis and its impact on Pennsylvania
  • Review the State-level government actions to combat the crisis
  • Next steps in the multi-disciplinary approach and lessons learned
  • Describe the differences between synthetic cannabinoids and natural cannabinoids
  • Review current medicinal uses of cannabinoids 
  •  Discuss the current trends in Allegheny County 
  •  Understand the pharmacology and effects of benzodiazepines 
  • Describe the presentation and treatment of benzodiazepine toxicity 
  • Review trends in benzodiazepine use, misuse, and illicit analogues
    •  A better appreciation of the past history of the Overdose Crises as seen from the perspective of the Allegheny County experience
    •  What we might expect to see during the upcoming years
  •  Gain perspective of the larger picture of the crisis in both Pennsylvania and the United States as a whole
  • Describe examples of how harm reduction measures have expanded
  •  Describe how expansion of harm reduction efforts may correlate with drop in overdose deaths
  •  Identify how existing harm reduction efforts could be expanded
  •  Identify additional harm reduction efforts that could be adopted to reduce deaths and improve health of people who use drugs
  •  Describe protective factors for individuals with SUD/OUD to sustain recovery 
  •  Provide an overview on housing, physical activity, employment, and recovery support for individuals with SUD/OUD
  • Eliminate the stigma transitional houses have in the community
  • Describe the benefits of Peer Navigation
  •  Identify strategies to support and retain Peer Navigators
  •  Understand what it takes to cultivate a climate with a strong sense of values and community
  • Identify leadership skills required to manage talent that is battling addiction
  •  Understand differences between current guidelines that recommend an initial biopsychosocial approach to treatment of low back pain vs. actual clinical practices which favors medical procedures and pharmacological treatment
  • Describe various types of stimulants currently available, legally and illicitly
  •  Review trends in stimulant use and overdose
  • Understand the effects of stimulants on the body
  • Describe the different classes of opioids Review the dangers of opioid use and misuse
  • Identify the current trends of opioids in Allegheny County

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 ACPE Pharmacy
    The UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education.
  • 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 5.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
07/18/2019
Course expires: 
08/19/2019
Event starts: 
07/18/2019 - 7:40am
Event ends: 
07/18/2019 - 7:40am

Healthcare professionals have a gap in needing alternative pain management strategies when opioids are not appropriate for the patient.

Healthcare professionals do not have enough training on practical application of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines in professional medical practice.

William Pitt Union (University of Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Patricia D. Kroboth, PhD

Dean and Dr. Gordon J. Vanscoy Distinguished Service Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Dean of the School of Pharmacy

Welcoming Attendees

Karl William, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Examiner, Allegheny County

 

Speaker

Alice Bell, LCSW

Project Coordinator, Prevention Point Pittsburgh

 

Speaker

Stuart Fisk, CRNP

Director, Center for Inclusion Health AHN

 

Speaker

Anthony Sones

Recovery Home Owner

 

Speaker

 

Billy Jo Smith, MS, LPC, NBCC

Program Manager for Addiction Medicine’s Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Hospital (WPH)

 

Speaker

Sherree Goldstein

Owner of Square Café & My Goodness

 

Speaker

Bethany Barone Gibbs, PhD

Assoc Prof, Dept of Health and Physical Activity and Translational Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

 

Speaker

Michael Lynch, MD

Medical Director of the Pittsburgh Poison Center, UPMC Emergency Physician and Toxicologist

 

Speaker

Marco Pugliese, MS

Lead Research Specialist

 

Closing Remarks/Moderator

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
ACPE Program #0481-9999-19-136-L04-P

Available Credit

  • 5.00 ACPE Pharmacy
    The UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education.
  • 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 5.25 Attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
07/18/2019
Course expires: 
08/19/2019
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