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PillBottleSafe Opioid Prescribing Academy
June 7, 2013, 8am-4:30pm
Hartford Hospital 
Hartford, CT

Recent changes in the world of prescription opioids include:

  • Newer forms and delivery systems for opioids
  • Rising treatment admissions for opioid addiction
  • Increasing numbers of opioid deaths
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs for physician use
  • Criminal charges and civil liability for physicians prescribing opioids
  • Pharmaceutical Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)
  • Outpatient Naloxone and Other Harm-Reduction Efforts
  • Guidelines for Emergency Department Prescribing

Come interact with experts in medical toxicology, emergency medicine, addiction medicine, and pain medicine as we address issues requiring your attention in this changing area of medical practice. This day-long symposium will combine didactic presentations with break-out sessions and panel discussions to provide an informative, interactive experience. 

Intended Audience:

  • Emergency and Urgent care providers (MD, DO, PA/NP, RN)
  • Primary care providers: Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics
  • Pharmacists
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Dentists

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Review how various opioids (naturally occurring, semi-synthetic, and synthetic) relate in terms of potency and specific side-effects.
  2. Discuss the indications for use and safety issues associated with long-acting forms of opioids.
  3. Discuss the rationale and mechanisms for out-of-hospital naloxone use by bystanders.
  4. Describe the postulated neural pathways underlying addiction.
  5. Explain the utility of state prescription drug monitoring programs in clinical practice.
  6. Define how prescribing guidelines will ensure that patients with acute pain will receive excellent pain control in a safe manner.
  7. Identify steps that can be taken to improve the care of patients seeking relief from chronic pain.                                                                       


Screening and Referral for Opioid Dependence and Maintenance Therapy
Gail D'Onofrio, MD, MS, Yale University School of Medicine
The New Opium War: The Patient Versus The Public Health
Lewis S. Nelson, MD, FACMT, New York University School of Medicine
The Current Practice of Pain Medicine
Jonathan A. Kost, MD, Hartford Hospital
9:45-10:00am Break
Are Acute and Chronic Pain Even Related: Tolerance, Dependence, and Hyperalgesia
Kavita M. Babu, MD, FACMT, UMass Memorial Medical Center
Opioid Dependence and Maintenance Therapy: From Methadone to Buprenorphine to ??
Timothy J. Wiegand, MD, FACMT, University of Rochester Medical Center
Urine Trouble: Understanding the Role of Urine Drug Testing
Paul M. Wax, MD, FACMT, University of Texas Southwestern
Is Big Brother Really So Bad: Guidelines, PDMPs, and other Future Initiatives
Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, FACMT, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
12:00-1:15pm Lunch - on your own
Breakout Session 1 & 2
1. How To Handle Difficult Patient Situations
2. Guidelines Development: Lessons Learned
2:00-2:45pm Breakout Session 1 & 2 (repeat)
2:45-3:00pm Break
Breakout Session 3 & 4
3. Case Studies in Opioid-Associated Liability
4. Harm Reduction in Analgesics Prescribing Practice 
3:45-4:30pm  Breakout Session 3 & 4 (repeat)



Hartford Hospital, Gilman Auditorium
(Conklin Building, elevators to ground floor)
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102


Hartford Hospital is accredited by the Connecticut State Medical Society to sponsor Continuing Medical Education for Physicians. Hartford Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit (s)TM. 

Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conflict of Interest Policy:
All planning committee members responsible for planning CME activities sponsored by Hartford Hospital are required to disclose any actual or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of the presentation via the CME program application.  In addition, program planners have an obligation to resolve any actual conflicts by recusing themselves from planning this program so as not to appear to influence the content.