The Opioid Crisis and

Solution Series

The MedTrainer Opioid Crisis and Solution Series

Course Overview 

The MedTrainer Opioid Crisis and Solutions series is complete with four core topics; Prescription Drug Abuse, Responsible Opioid Prescribing, Drug-Seeking Behavior, and Recognizing Staff with Substance Abuse Disorders.  The capstone of this series, which pulls the regulations, data, resources, and challenges, is entitled The Opioid Crisis – Interventions and Innovations.  The series includes an easy-to-find resource and regulations guide for national and state requirements. 

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The MedTrainer Opioid Crisis and Solution Series

Needs Assessment

There are many concerns that healthcare organizations, providers, and clinicians, have in common with the ongoing national focus on opioid abuse and addiction.  There is a tremendous amount of information and recommendations for how to best manage organizational and individual responsibilities to reduce the sources of opioid abuse and addiction, but it is often difficult for the busy clinician and provider to get a national view and a local perspective.

The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug overdose crisis in U.S. history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 72,000 people died of overdoses and that two-thirds of those deaths were linked to opioids.  In October of 2017, a national opioid crisis was declared and Patrice A. Harris, MD, chair of the American Medical Association Opioid Task Force, immediately responded by stating that “Ending the epidemic will require physicians, insurers, drug manufacturers, and the government to follow through with resources, evidence-based treatment plans and smart public policies at the national and state levels.

A major contributing factor to the opioid crisis was the amount of opioid prescribing that has been steadily increasing over the past decade, as well as the steady increase in patients seeking relief from acute and chronic pain. This series is designed to provide informational courses and resources to consolidate the best-practices for addressing the opioid crisis in the healthcare environment.

The MedTrainer Opioid Crisis and
Solution Series

Overall goal

The goal of this activity is to:

  • Provide healthcare practitioners with an overview of the current opioid crisis and the available resources to address the challenges that healthcare practitioners encounter related to opioids
  • Discuss how to recognize the warning signs of drug-seeking behaviors in patients and staff and how to utilize assessment tools


  • Discuss the factors related to the role healthcare practitioners play in prescribing opioids and the availability of assessment tools and treatment alternatives
  • Identify resources at the state and federal level, including current regulations regarding opioid prescribing
The MedTrainer Opioid Crisis and Solution Series

Course Modules

The MedTrainer Opioid Crisis and Solution Series

By participating in this series,

participants will: 

  • Know how to access and utilize the new specific state requirements and resources for appropriate opioid prescribing.
  • Recognize common habits of drug-seeking patients, allowing the healthcare professional to address this behavior professionally and legally.
  • Be familiar with the rights and responsibilities of the employer to address any such issues.
  • Receive a 360° view of the national opioid crisis, position statements from key healthcare associations, and best practices to better understand their role in combating the opioid crisis.
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The MedTrainer Opioid Crisis and
Solution Series

Target Audience 

Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, administrators, and other health practitioners who have an interest in learning more about the current opioid crisis and available resources. 

The MedTrainer Opioid Crisis and Solution Series

Course Requirements 

Test to acquire continuing education credit.

Complete the course evaluation to get your certificate for the course.

Complete all the course work, course evaluation, and the final test with a score of 70% or better. Upon successful completion, you will be able to print your certificate of completion.

You can enroll in the course series through the MedTrainer portal by contacting your organizations’ account administrator or designee. There is no charge for this course as it is a benefit provided by the MedTrainer Learning Library. Once your registration is complete, log in, and your course will be listed on the “my student dashboard” page. If you cannot remember your account information, click the Get Username and Password link on the login page and it will be emailed to you.

Additional Course Information 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and MedTrainer. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

This course includes an assessment of 10 questions that you must pass with a score of 70% or above to receive credit for participation. You are allowed unlimited re-attempts.

 

Current CME Approval Period: 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2020

Most Recent Review by Author: 8/14/2018

All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

There is no commercial support for this activity.

The following faculty has disclosed that they have no financial interest, arrangement, or affiliation that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME/CE activity. They have stated that their presentations do not include discussion of commercial products or devices or unlabeled/investigational drug use. 

Authors

Patrick Williams, MD: Oncologist/Hematologist at Norton Healthcare.
Kenneth Gallion, DDS: Dentist.
Kimberly A. Mulqiun, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, DON-CLTC, LSSMBB: Lead Nurse Planner.
Brian Williams, MHA, MBA: Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, MedTrainer.
Jennifer Gallion RDH: Reviewer.

 

Planning Committee

Steve Gallion, BS: Chief Executive Officer.
Jorge Fernández, BS: Chief Operating Officer.
Kenneth Gallion, DDS (Chair).
Kimberly A. Mulqiun, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, DON-CLTC, LSSMBB: Lead Nurse Planner.
David Powers, DDS: President of the International Academy of Mini Dental Implants.
Ted Gottis, JD: Sr. Vice President, MedTrainer – QuickCred Division, Co-Founder of the Nonprofit Network and former Research Associate for Lexis/Nexis.
Todd Friedman, Esq.: The Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman PC.
Brian Williams, MHA, MBA: Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs.