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Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives

Presented by the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Time: 11:00am (CST) to 2:00pm (CST)

DESCRIPTION: We now know that overdoses from prescription opioids are a driving factor in the 15-year increase in opioid overdose deaths. Since 1999, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report. This comprehensive course, developed by experts from Collaborative for REMS Education (CO*RE), incorporates all six units outlined in the FDA blueprint for safe opioid prescribing. Attend this webinar if you want to be able to:
  • Counsel patients and caregivers about safer use of opioids;
  • Describe strategies for diagnosing and managing opioid-addicted patients; and
  • Practice techniques for safe opioid prescribing.

This webinar is designed for healthcare and human service providers including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurses, counselors, social workers, case managers, and other staff who interact with patients, who work in multiple types of settings including primary care, geriatric care, maternal and child health care, Head Start programs, STD/HIV & reproductive health care, mental health, addictions, health departments, hospitals, health centers, schools, and community health settings. Prescribers of extended-release and long-acting opioids are particularly welcome, including pain specialists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, dentists, addiction medicine physicians, psychiatrists and other physicians and clinicians who prescribe opioids.

Dr. Olsen is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, did her residency training in internal medicine at the Boston University’s Boston Medical Center, and received a Master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is Board-certified in Addiction Medicine through ABAM.
She currently serves as the Medical Director for the Institutes for Behavior Resources Inc./REACH (Recovery Enhanced by Access to Comprehensive Healthcare and as a consultant on integrated care initiatives in Baltimore City. She previously served as the Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Medical Director for the Baltimore Substance Abuse System, Inc. (BSAS). Dr. Olsen has written and lectured extensively on addiction, opioid dependence, and co-morbid medical issues, including chronic pain.

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