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Opioid Education

With growing concern for the opioid abuse epidemic and a likely prescribing-related continuing medical education mandate by the Medical Examining Board, the education subcomittee of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Opioid Task Force has developed an opioid prescribing webinar series approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Presented by Wisconsin physicians who specialize in addiction and pain management, these webinars are designed to address the challenges faced by physicians and other prescribers and to improve opioid prescribing practices without compromising the quality of patient care.

The webinars can be viewed as a series or independently and will be recorded for on-demand access after the live broadcast.

How to Decrease Prescription Drug Abuse: The What, Why and How
David Galbis-Reig, MD, DFASAM, Medical Director of Addiction Services, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints
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The opioid prescription drug epidemic and associated mortality is a growing concern that has been gaining significant media coverage. This presentation will provide a historical perspective and current epidemiological data, with a focus on evidence-based solutions to alter the course of this epidemic.

Prescribing Opiates Responsibly: Treating Pain Without Feeding Addiction
Michael McNett, MD, Medical Director for Chronic Pain, Aurora Health Care
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During this webinar, you’ll learn about best practices for responsible opioid prescribing. Doctor McNett, a pain medicine specialist, will present approaches for treating pain aggressively. Best practices around patient considerations, opiate selection, use of non-opiate treatments, weaning patients as they improve and pill disposal also will be discussed.

Drug Testing in Clinical Practice
David Galbis-Reig, MD, DFASAM, Medical Director of Addiction Services, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints
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By using appropriate risk management tools, including drug monitoring, physicians and other prescribers can minimize the risk associated with use of opioid analgesics for chronic pain. This webinar will provide prescribers with an introduction to the art and science of drug testing in clinical practice settings.

Risk Management Tools in Opioid Prescribing: Pain Agreements and the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
David Galbis-Reig, MD, DFASAM, Medical Director of Addiction Services, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints
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Review of the Wisconsin prescription drug monitoring program (WPDMP), along with other risk management tools and pain management agreements are several strategies physicians and other prescribers can use to minimize risks associated with use of opioid analgesics for chronic pain. This webinar will provide an introduction to appropriate use of pain management agreements and demonstrate how to sign up and use the WPDMP.

The Opioid Epidemic and the Clinical Prescriber: Responses to Opioid Over-Prescribing
Michael Miller, MD, FASAM, FAPA, Medical Director, Herrington Recovery Center, Rogers Memorial Hospital
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Pain and addiction are both commonly experienced conditions that are under-recognized in general medical settings. This presentation takes a societal view of the opioid epidemic addressing the policy and regulatory landscape to ensure adherence to safe prescribing practices and prescribers’ roles as promoters of public health with respect to opioids. Registration information coming soon.

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