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

Jan 26, 2019 Dentistry Medicine

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


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
  • Elizabeth N. Lima, PhD
  • David Henderson, JD


19ME022 - Managing Pain in the Age of the Opioid Crisis
1/26 8:00 AM–12:30 PM


.400 CEU

The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this entire continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 0.40 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.

4.000 APA credit

Mountain Area Health Education Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Mountain Area Health Education Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program will be offered for 4.00 CE.

4.250 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Accreditation: The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit Designation: MAHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This course will offer 4.25 contact hour(s) which will fulfill the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiner and Podiatry Examiners, OR 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ which will fulfill the North Carolina Medical Board's requirement of controlled substance continuing education.

4.250 ADA CERP


The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers are an ADA CERP recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA CERP through joint efforts between MAHEC and the Gaston Together Healthcare Commission. The North Carolina Area Health Education Center designates this activity for up to 4.25 hours of continuing education credits.

4.250 Contact Hours

Contact Hours: MAHEC designates this continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 4.25 Contact Hours. Full attendance is required.

4.250 NBCC Hours

NBCC: MAHEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5514. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MAHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of their programs. Full attendance is required to receive credit. Approved for 4.25 hours.

4.250 ACPE

The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program ACPE# 0046-9999-19-040-L01-P for 4.25 hours of continuing education. Credit statements can be viewed and printed from CPE Monitor. In order to receive CE credit, attendance must be acknowledged at the registration desk upon arrival at the program. Participants will evaluate this program using a standard evaluation form. No partial credit will be given. Statements of CE credit can be viewed and printed from CPE Monitor.

4.250 CNE Contact Hours

4.25 CNE Contact Hours Activity # AP 008-1690 Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

4.250 NAADAC

NAADAC: This course has been approved by MAHEC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #96726. MAHEC is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required to receive credit from NAADAC. Approved for 4.25 hours.


FREE Free, but must register to attend
Applies 11/9/18–1/26/19
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