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Addressing the Opioid Crisis: A Team Approach

Date: November 03, 2018

Location: UGA College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy South - Room 101, Athens, Georgia

The registration deadline (November 03, 2018) for this event has passed.

Opioid-involved overdose deaths have been rapidly increasing in Georgia since 2010, driven initially by increased use and misuse of prescription opioids (e.g., Oxycodone and Hydrocodone), but in recent years there have been substantial increases in the number of heroin- and fentanyl-involved overdose deaths.

From 2010 to 2017, the number of opioid-involved overdose deaths increased by 245% in Georgia, from 426 to 1043 deaths, and the rate increased by 204%, from 4.3 to 10.1 deaths/100,000 persons, respectively. In 2017, Overdoses involving any opioid accounted for 3,174 ED visits, 1,760 hospitalizations, and 1,043 deaths. Heroin-involved overdoses accounted for 980 ED visits, 322 hospitalizations, and 267 deaths.

According to the DEA, 56% of teens believe prescription drugs are easier to obtain than illicit drugs. Non-medical use of prescription drugs is highest among young adults aged 18 to 25. In a study conducted between June 2006 and September 2015 on nearly 1.3 million patients concluded that an initial 10-day opioid prescription results in one in five patients becoming a long-term opioid user. Long term opioid use can contribute to both physical disease and mental disorders in addition to opioid use disorder. We are currently in the middle of an epidemic that threatens the safety of our citizens on a daily basis. This program was designed as one tool to impact that epidemic.


Effective January 1, 2018, every prescriber who maintains an active DEA certificate and prescribes controlled substances, except those holding a residency training permit, shall complete at least three hours of AMA/AOA PRA Category 1 CME that is designed specifically to address controlled substance prescribing practices. The certification of such completion must occur at the first renewal following January 1, 2018 or the first renewal following licensure. Completion of this requirement may count as three hours toward the CME requirement for license renewal.

Pharmacists are encouraged to complete this program in order to understand the new requirements and the guidelines for controlled substances prescribing as well as chronic pain management. In addition, pharmacists will be expected to serve a resource for prescribers and patients on the new regulations and requirements. This interprofessional educational program will enable the healthcare team to share best practices in prescribing and dispensing controlled substances.

Target Audience

This program is intended for prescribers licensed in the State of Georgia who maintain an active DEA certificate and prescribe controlled substances, except those holding a residency training permit; as well as pharmacists who fill and dispense controlled substances in Georgia.


8:30 - 9:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:20am Welcome and Introductions – Trina von Waldner, PharmD
9:20 - 10:00am CDC Prescribing Guidelines - Todd Woodard, PharmD
10:00 - 10:30am Overview of Pain Management – Tsung Ming Hsu, MD
10:30 - 10:45am Break
10:45 - 11:15am Prescription Misuse and Treatment of Addiction - Merrill Norton, PharmD
11:15 – 11:55am Law Update and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Ken Duke, RPh, MBA
11:55am – 12:15pm Speaker Panel
12:15 Adjourn


Physicians: 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 Piedmont Athens Regional and the UGA College of Pharmacy. Piedmont Athens Regional is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Piedmont Athens Regional designates this online activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.This program meets Georgia Composite Medical Board Controlled Substances Prescribing CME Requirement.

Pharmacists: This knowledge-based activity is approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit. Credit will be awarded for attending for full conference, participating in active learning, and submission of the activity evaluation. No partial credit will be given. All continuing pharmacy education credit awarded is reported to CPE Monitor® within 7 days of evaluation completion. The deadline to claim credit is December 22, 2018.

Lodging and Transportation

We have blocked rooms for November 3rd at the UGA Conference Center and Hotel (GA Center). Click here to reserve online or call 1-800-888-1384 and use Group Code 91264 to get the special rate.

Financial support for this program provided by:

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs in sponsorship by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities Office of Behavioral Health Prevention.

Courses Offered

Course Early Bird Regular Contact Hours/CEUs
Controlled Substance Education for Pharmacists-November(details) $30.00 $40.00 3.0/0.3
Controlled Substance Education for Physicians-November(details) $30.00 $40.00 3.0/0.3

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