Addressing The Prescription Opioid Epidemic: From Irresponsible Prescribing to Universal Precautions
As a result of participating in this lecture learners should have a working knowledge of the following topics, essential to competency in addiction medicine and identify areas where more study may be needed:
- Epidemiology of prescription drug abuse in the US, to include trends, special populations (including medical professionals), and how the meds are accessed;
- Description of clinical pearls and tools to identify and assess problematic prescription drug use;
- List some non-opioid approaches to pain management;
- Describe safe prescribing interventions in addicted patients who need opioids for chronic pain. Clinical tools (TAR, CURES, contracts, different formulations);
- Medico-legal and regulatory considerations in pain management;
Douglas Gourlay, MD
Dr. Gourlay is Former Director of Pain and Chemical Dependency at the Wasser Pain Management Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto where he is also as well as clinical director of laboratory services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is the lead author of Universal Precautions in Pain Medicine.
No relevant financial / non-financial relationships with any proprietary interests.
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