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In the primary care setting, there are medication-assisted treatments for OUD that are very effective. The key here is to talk to patients about their current problem, how it is affecting their health, their overall life, and start planning for treatment as soon as possible.

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.

Opioid Use Disorder, or OUD, is an ever-growing, if not epidemic, problem in the United States. Rampant increase in the misuse of prescription analgesics, the easy accessibility of opioids, and the skyrocketing opioid overdoses show clear need for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to not only understand more about these drugs, but also to offer meaningful treatments.

Prova Education, a leading provider of continuing medical education, announces a new CME program focusing on current and emerging approaches to the treatment of OUD. 'Opioid Use Disorder: Expanding Access to Medication' covers topics such as:

1.    Why treat patients with opioid dependence in the primary care setting
2.    What currently is being done to expand use of medications to treat opioid addiction
3.    Describe patient indications for medication options: (i.e., XR-Naltrexone, Buprenorphine, etc.)
4.    Review alternative treatments available to patients diagnosed with OUD

The program is hosted by Dr. Matt Birnholz, Vice President and Medical Director of ReachMD, and his guest Dr. Joshua Lee, Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at New York University Langone Health.

“We certainly understand that certain DSM-5 criteria must be met for diagnoses across myriad mental health issues, including the newer OUD,” said Lee. “In the primary care setting, there are medication-assisted treatments for OUD that are very effective. The key here is to talk to patients about their current problem, how it is affecting their health, their overall life, and start planning for treatment as soon as possible. Frankly, it’s usually blindingly obvious if somebody is using heroin or illicitly misusing oxycodone products, and the primary care setting is a critical intervention point in patient care.”

The program is certified for continuing medical education and is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

About Prova Education
Prova Education delivers integrated, lifelong learning opportunities that lead to improvements in clinician competence and performance, with the aim of improving patient outcomes. Its multi-platform educational network includes live meetings, online activities, social media, radio broadcasts, print media, and more. Its global footprint includes educational endeavors and strategic partnerships in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. More information is available at http://www.ProvaEducation.com.

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