19ME022 - Managing Pain in the Age of the Opioid Crisis

Jan 26, 2019 Closed Dentistry Medicine

19ME022 - Managing Pain in the Age of the Opioid Crisis


Online Registration is now closed | Walk-ins are Welcome!

This inter-professional event will provide timely and relevant continuing education for medical prescribers and behavioral health professionals in the midst of the opioid crisis. Topics include evidence-based analysis of the relative effectiveness of medications and their side effects, treatment recommendations for acute and chronic pain, and recognizing substance use/opioid use disorder (SUD & OUD), as well as statistics and nuanced data on prescribing and substance abuse patterns in Gaston County. The North Carolina Medical Board will provide important updates in state laws and explore legal and ethical dilemmas associated with prescribing opioids in North Carolina. This educational activity satisfies the controlled substance prescribing Continuing Education content per NCAC rules and includes:

• Controlled substances prescribing practices
• Recognizing signs of the abuse or misuse of controlled substances
• Controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management

As of July 1, 2017 all physicians (other than residents), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, podiatrists, and dentists who prescribe controlled substances must satisfy the controlled-substance prescribing Continuing Education requirements as set forth by their licensing boards. Requirements vary by discipline and board.

By registering for this conference, you are granting permission for your contact information to be shared with Gaston Together, which is a partner of this continuing education activity.

Disclosure Statement/Conflict of Interest: In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the activity. As a continuing education provider, MAHEC, as part of the North Carolina Health Education Centers, is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. MAHEC is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.

Snow Date: February 2, 2019

Target Audience

The program is recommended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, podiatrists, dentists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and others interested in this topic.


  • Describe the impact of the opioid crisis and its effects on the residents of Gaston County and the surrounding areas
  • Examine how the changing legal and ethical environment in North Carolina impacts prescribers of controlled substances
  • Identify the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute and chronic pain
  • Distinguish types of pain and specify non-opioid based/non-pharmacologically based treatments for acute and chronic pain
  • Discuss what to do with patients on opioids that fall outside the guidelines, the addictive process of opioid based substances and discuss how primary care and behavioral health professionals can support community de-stigmatization, recovery, and treatment efforts


  • Carriedelle H. Fusco, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
  • David Henderson, JD
  • Elizabeth N. Lima, PhD


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