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Goal: The learner will be knowledgeable about the prevalence of opioid use and dependence, including heroin and prescription opioids.In 2004, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated that there were 270,000 heroin users and another 1.4 million Americans who were dependent on prescription opioids (SAMSHA, 2005). In fact, these figures probably vastly underestimate the true prevalence of opioid use disorders in the United States (SAMHSA, 2005). Further, only a small fraction of these users have received treatment for an opioid use disorder (SAMHSA, 2005). Buprenorphine is a safe and effective treatment for opioid dependence that offers patients a more widely available, accessible, convenient treatment option as compared to traditional opioid treatment programs (OTP) (SAMHSA, 2001; Johnson et al., 2003; SAMHSA, 2004). This buprenorphine training program prepares physicians to prescribe buprenorphine safely and effectively to address needs of the millions of Americans with opioid use problems.
Educational Objectives:After completing this activity participants will be able to:
Understand how to conduct a basic patient interview assessing for opioid use disorders.
Differentiate between opioid abuse and opioid dependence according to the DSM-IV, along with associated terminology, such as withdrawal and tolerance.
How to use standardized instruments and appropriate language when assessing patients for opioid use disorders.
The significance of a diagnosis and how to approach the patient regarding a diagnosable opioid use disorder.
Discuss the physician's role in addiction treatment.
Explain the requirements and process of becoming certified to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid dependence.
Describe the referral process and ways to provide seamless treatment to the patient using specialty resources.
Identify ethical considerations physicians should acknowledge when treating individuals with an opioid use disorder.
Modules in this Training Activity
Opioid Addiction: Introduction to Opioids
Opioid Addiction: Prevalence, Trends and Impact on Health
Opioid Use Disorders and Common Comorbidities
Opioid Medications and Prescription Drug Abuse
Opioid Misuse Detection
Opioid Addiction: Treatment with Buprenorphine
Audience and Accreditation
Medical and other health professional students
Activity Credit: Obtaining credit for participation in this activity requires that you complete the pre-assessments, work through the modules (including all in-module interactive activities), complete the post-assessments with a 70% score on the post-test, and then request credit. At the end of the activity, you will be instructed on how to print out a certificate for your records.
Time Requirement: Keep track of the amount of time it takes you to complete this activity. You will be required to spend a set amount of time in order to claim credit. You should claim credit only for the time actually spent in the activity.
Technical Requirement: To participate in this activity, you will need a computer, an Internet connection, and a Web browser. This activity requires Chrome, Firefox, and IE7 or higher.