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Substance Use Disorder and Acute Pain Management Strategies

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Andrew Vassallo, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP
Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director
Clinical Lead for RWJBH ORO/DROP Program at CMC


Drug-related deaths have more than doubled in the United States within the last ten years, going from 52,404 in 2015 to 106,699 in 2021. Opioids, particularly synthetic compounds such as fentanyl and carfentanil, have become the second leading cause of accidental death. These grave issues require action on our part as health care providers to better understand local services available for those with drug use disorder, offer medication assisted treatment to those who need it, and treat pain more effectively while judiciously using opioid medications only when needed.


  • Discuss utilization of a multi-modal approach to pain control and judicious use of opioids.
  • Recognize and treat patients with opioid dependence, withdrawal, SUD
  • Utilize RWJBH peer recovery services
  • Understand Medication Assisted Treatment and its role in substance use disorder


Andrew Vassallo, PharmD, and the planner of this activity have nothing to disclose and no financial interest or other relationship to the Manufacturer(s) of any products or services intended for discussion.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Accreditation Statement

RWJBH Community Medical Center is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Community Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1AMA PRA Category I Credits™.
Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated completion time

1 hours of instruction

Target Audience

This program has been designed for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and other health care professionals who are involved with Substance Use Disorder and Acute Pain Management.

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