Current Issues in Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Pittsburgh, PA US
August 30, 2022

The purpose of this educational activity is to inform the clinical staff of present trends related to substance use disorders (SUD), identified barriers to care experienced by individuals with SUD, and an overview of current evidence-based SUD treatment and harm reduction in healthcare today.

Target Audience

ISD RNs / SW / Health Coaches / Dieticians/ Paramedics / EMTs

Learning Objectives

1.   Summarize trends in substance use and overdose deaths

2.   Discuss barriers to care, particularly stigma

3.   Define Harm Reduction and discuss its application in a healthcare environment

4.   Summarize an overview of evidence-based substance use disorder treatment

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 ASWB
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/30/2022 - 9:00am EDT
Event ends: 
08/30/2022 - 10:00am EDT

Program begins at 9:00am  and adjourns at 10:00am  Total Education Time:   1 Hour





Presentation of trends in substance use and overdose deaths

Michael Lynch, MD


Discuss barriers to care, particularly stigma

Michael Lynch, MD


Define harm reduction and summarize evidence-based SUD treatment in healthcare

Michael Lynch, MD

UPMC Health Plan
600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States
Michael J. Lynch, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine 
Medical Director for Substance Use Disorder, UPMC Health Plan 
Emergency Department Attending Physician

Dr. Michael Lynch is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology, and Addiction Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and is board certified in each of these specialties.  He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before completing his residency in Emergency Medicine and fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Lynch works in the Emergency Departments at UPMC Presbyterian and Mercy Hospitals.  The Toxicology service at UPMC is one of the busiest in the country, seeing patients at five Pittsburgh hospitals as well as providing inpatient addiction and telemedicine treatment.  Dr. Lynch also serves as the Medical Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Medical Director of Substance Use Disorder Services, UPMC Health Plan.   

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh 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 healthcare team.

CCM CE will be provided:  1 CE  - CCM COA will be sent via email from UPMC Health Plan nurse planner approximately 6-8 weeks following the live date of the course.

This activity is eligible for endorsed credit for UPMC Health Plan EMTs and Paramedics.  Complete ETHOS course work, obtain the attendance certificate, and submit to EMS governing body for 1 CE credit(s).

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credits.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 ASWB
  • 1.00 Attendance
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