Opioid and Pain Management Conference
The Opioid Crisis is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and then showed a decrease each year through 2015. However, prescribing remains high and varies widely from county to county. Health care providers began using opioids in the late 1990s to treat chronic pain not related to cancer, such as arthritis and back pain. As this continued, more opioid prescriptions were written, for more days per prescription, in higher doses. Taking opioids for longer periods of time or in higher doses increases the risk of addiction, overdose and death. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. CDC data indicates 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Understanding the opioid epidemic, improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines and ensuring patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse or overdose from these drugs can ensure promising interventions to improve opioid prescribing, inform clinical practice and protect patients at risk.
This conference focuses on updating health care professionals on the history of pain management prescribing, pharmacology and toxicology of opioids, Texas drug prescribing laws and regulatory bodies, a pain management physician’s practice experience, the many faces of reward deficiency syndrome, opioid conversion calculations and new drug updates.
Upon completion of this conference, prescribing health care professionals will be able to utilize the information provided to improve their management of patients in the current challenging practice environment. With collaborative efforts, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other health care professionals may apply the recommendations on the use of opioids to ensure a safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the risk of opioid use disorder, overdose and death.
This activity is designed for physicians in family practice, primary care, internal medicine and other specialties, as well as hospitalists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other interested health care professionals.
Education Service Center, Region 2
209 N. Water St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401