Risk Mitigation, Identification, and OUD Treatment: Approaches to Conquering the Opioid Epidemic
When used and monitored appropriately, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) effectively:
A.) Reduces overdose-related deaths
B.) Helps individuals recover from opioid dependence
C.) Reduces the risk of infectious disease transmission
D.) All of the above
D. All of the above. When used and monitored appropriately, MAT effectively reduces overdose-related deaths, helps individuals recover from opioid dependence, and markedly reduces the risk of infectious disease transmission. However, many barriers hinder the utilization of MAT in practice.1-4
To learn how to overcome these barriers and to begin offering MAT to your patients with opioid use disorder, click the “Continue” button.
1. Volkow ND, et al. N Engl J Med. 2014;370:2063-66.
2. MacArthur GJ, et al. BMJ. 2012;345:e5945.
3. Tsai JI, et al. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174:1974-81.
4. Jones CM, et al. Am J Pub Health. 2015;105:e55-63.
Edwin A. Salsitz, MD, DFASAM
Unit Chief Physician
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY
Glenn J. Treisman, MD, PhD
Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine
Director of AIDS Psychiatry Service
Director of the Chronic Pain Treatment Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Jaime Symowicz, PhD
Manager, Educational Strategy and Content
Lisa R. Rinehart, MS, ELS
Director, Editorial Services
Laura Muttini, RPh, MBA, CHCP
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Kathryn Schaefer, MSN, RN
Lead Nurse Planner
East Lansing, MI
Upon completion, participants should be able to:
- Evaluate strategies to identify and counsel patients with OUD
- Individualize the treatment of patients with OUD by considering the latest clinical evidence as well as treatment- and patient-related factors
This activity is intended for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, emergency department clinicians, and addiction specialists.
Series Overview/Statement of Need
Nonmedical prescription opioid and heroin use have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Increasing access to and use of evidence-based medication-assisted treatments (MATs) in the management of opioid use disorder (OUD) is critically important. However, many barriers hinder the adoption of MAT, including misconceptions and stigma as well as tendencies to underestimate the risk of OUD and overdose. Although best practices and evidence-based guidelines exist to facilitate decisions about OUD treatment, strong evidence to support a specific algorithm is lacking and most frequently used guideline recommendations are outdated and do not include years of real-world clinical experience. By providing best-practice recommendations and current evidence regarding novel MAT formulations, clinicians will be able to better individualize OUD treatment.
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Initial Release Date: April 30, 2018
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