Responding to the Opioid Epidemic
The epidemic of overdoses and deaths from the abuse of prescription opioids has devastated countless families and communities. Preventing individuals from abusing and becoming dependent on opioids will save lives, preserve the health and vibrancy of communities. To combat the opioid crisis, AAPA provides several CMEs promoting the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain which affects many Americans.
At present there are too few addiction specialists to meet the growing demand for medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs. Since 2016, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA) permits PAs to become waivered to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid addiction. AAPA is an approved provider by CSAT/SAMHSA DATA 2000 training. Training of PAs in primary care in prescribing and managing patients on one of the drugs used in MAT will increase the availability of providers in the care of patients with an opioid use disorder.
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These CME activities are designed to provide enhanced PA education and safer prescription practices to effectively tackle the rise in opioid abuse.
- Emerging Drugs of Misuse and their Public Health Implications (AAPA)
- Pain Does Not Mean Pills (AAPA)
- JAAPA CME Post-Test March 2019 – Opioid Use Disorder During Pregnancy: An Overview (AAPA)
- Extending the Practice Environment for Treating Patients with Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorder (AAPA)
- 24-Hour Waiver Training: AAPA (American Society of Addiction Medicine/AAPA)
- CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids: Online Training Series for Healthcare Providers (CDC)
- Pathways to Safer Opioid Use (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)
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