Introduction to Medication-Assisted Treatment / Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

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Introduction to Medication-Assisted Treatment / Medication for Opioid Use Disorder


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In the collective effort to reduce the opioid overdose crisis in North Carolina, MAHEC provides the Introduction to Medication-Assisted Treatment / Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MAT 101) training in order to share best practices in the treatment of opioid use disorders. The program begins with an overview of the current state of the opioid overdose crisis on both a national and local level. Participants will gain knowledge on the CDC guidelines for the treatment of acute and chronic pain and the efficacy of non-opioid treatment modalities. The presentation outlines the origins of substance use disorders (SUDs) and the use of various medication-assisted therapies for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) specifically. Lastly, the presentation ends with a discussion of how healthcare providers can address the bias and stigma associated with substance use disorders and the importance of using harm reduction strategies, such as naloxone distribution, in the treatment of patients with substance use disorders.

This program was designed to satisfy, in part, The North Carolina Medical Board's CME requirement for controlled substance prescribers. Per NCAC rules: 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 CE requirements as set forth by their licensing boards; requirements vary by discipline and board.

MAHEC engages in evaluation activities to better understand the impact of our programs. By registering for this course, you agree that we may use your personal information in evaluative research regarding this program. Any reports published will be de-identified and reported in aggregate format.

Approximate time to complete the course: One hour

Learner content includes: PowerPoint and Posttest

Participants will have 45 days from the date of their registration to complete this course. After that date, course materials will no longer be accessible.

Target Audience

This program is recommended for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, other advanced practice clinicians, practice managers, program administrators, medical assistants, care managers, care coordinators, and mental health professionals (including substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, school counselors, and marriage and family therapists), and other professionals interested in this subject.


  • Describe the current opioid crisis in North Carolina
  • Review CDC guidelines for treatment of acute and chronic pain
  • Discuss medication-assisted treatment (MAT) / medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD)
  • Explain how stigma and bias create barriers to effective treatment of opioid use disorder


  • Carriedelle H. Fusco, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, NP


Introduction to Medication-Assisted Treatment / Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

9/30 9:00 AM–9:00 AM


.100 CEU

The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this entire online continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 0.1 CEU as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.

1.000 Contact Hours

MAHEC designates this online continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 1.0 Contact Hour.

1.000 Nursing Contact Hours

Participants must attend the entire activity to receive credit.

1.0 Nursing Contact Hour Activity # AP 008-1977 Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

1.000 CME for Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificate of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

1.000 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM

Accreditation: MAHEC is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit Designation: MAHEC designates this online enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Disclosure Statement: MAHEC adheres to the ACCME Standards regarding industry support to continuing medical education. Disclosure of faculty and commercial support relationships, if any, will be made known at the activity.

1.000 Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists

MAHEC is recognized by the North Carolina Psychology Board as an approved Provider of Category A Continuing Education for North Carolina Licensed Psychologists. Approved for 1.0 hour Category A.


$25.00 Registration Fee
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