Pharma Update Part 1: The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on our Patients and our Practice

Did you know the fatal opioid-related overdose rate in MA was more than double the national avg. in 2014? How confident are you in your skills to successfully counsel your patients with SUD?

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

MGH Institute of Health Professions
Interprofessional Clinical Center, Room 106
Charlestown Navy Yard
2 Constitution Road, Boston, MA 02129

2 Hours

Course Overview

A two-hour workshop for nursing and physician assistant professionals who wish to learn about the current scope and implications of the Opioid Crisis on patient care and delivery. This is Part 1 of a 2 part series.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the scope of the problem of the opioid epidemic through the use of the evidence of need for treatment, rates of access to treatment, overdose rates in both Massachusetts and the U.S., and the availability of alternative treatment.
  • Explore and describe the need to utilize person-centered and non-judgmental language to decrease the stigma of substance use disorder (SUD) according to DSM-5.
  • Describe the scientific evidence of best practice in treating persons with SUD.
  • Express a preliminary understanding of two interventions for SUD: 1) Motivational interviewing; and 2) Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).


Jessica Moreno, PharmD, BCPP
Clinical Pharmacist,Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
Addition Consult and Bridge Clinic Team
Massachusetts General Hospital

Samantha Ciarocco, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker, Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
Addiction Consult and Bridge Clinic Team
Massachusetts General Hospital


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 2.00 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity. This program has been planned in accordance with AAPA's CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

This activity has been submitted to ANA Massachusetts for approval to award contact hours. ANA Massachusetts is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. For more information regarding contact hours, please reach out to the contact person listed below.

Cancellation Policy

Full refund, less administration fee of $25 if cancellation received prior to October 12, 2017. To cancel, send your cancellation request to the Office of Continuing and Professional Development (IHP CPD) at Refunds will be processed based on the original form of payment and will be processed within 30 days of receipt of the cancellation notice. Cancellation requests received on the activity start date, during, or after the activity will not be eligible for a refund.

Cancellation of event: In the very unlikely event that IHP CPD cancels or postpones an activity due to circumstances beyond its control, IHP CPD's liability will be limited to refund of paid registration fees.

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