C231 - Safe and Appropriate Opioid Prescribing in Neurology

Event Time: Thursday May 9, 2019 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Topic(s): General Neurology, Pain and Palliative Care, Advanced Practice Provider
Director(s): Adam Burkey MD
Description: The use of opioids for chronic non-malignant pain has become increasingly scrutinized in the setting of a dramatic rise in overdose deaths and opioid use disorder nationwide which has been linked to prescription opioids. This has prompted the implementation of multimodal pain care and step-therapy for pain and guidelines for the use of opioids in the management of chronic pain, most notably those set forth by the Centers for Disease Control. This course will review the epidemiology of the opioid crisis and current guidelines of opioids in the management of chronic pain. We will explore risk factors and provide practical recommendations for taking care of patients with chronic pain, We will discuss the neurobiology of the endogenous opioid and pain system in the central nervous system with special consideration of chronic pain states in neurologic disease and brain changes related to opioids and opioid withdrawal with practical implications for opioid therapy and discontinuation.
Completion Message: Participants will understand the scope of the opioid epidemic and our current understanding of risk factors for opioid overdose and opioid use disorder; gain insight into the neurobiology of pain and opioid exposure; and understand current clinical guidelines for chronic opioid analgesic therapy initiation, maintenance, monitoring, and tapering.
CME Credits: 2
Core Competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement

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