Opioids: Prescribing, Withdrawal and Medication Assisted Treatment

Effective Date: 11/01/18
Expiration Date: 06/30/19

Instructions to Receive CME credit:
Once you have watched the entire presentation, click on the post-activity test and evaluation. Please answer the entire program test, post evaluation form, and return via email to Gwen.Hunt@rwjbh.org or fax to 732-557-8935. Mark answers clearly. In order to receive CME credit you must score 50% on the post test. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

Faculty: Lina Shihabuddin, MD Chief Medical Officer Behavioral Health Network RWJBarnabas Health Overview:

  • In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates.
  • Increased prescription of opioid medications led to widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive.
  • In 2017 HHS declared a public health emergency and announced a 5-Point Strategy To Combat the Opioid Crisis

Opioid overdoses accounted for more than 42,000 deaths in 2016, more than any previous year on record. An estimated 40% of opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid.

Devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic include increases in opioid misuse and related overdoses, as well as the rising incidence of newborns experiencing withdrawal syndrome due to opioid use and misuse during pregnancy.

It is the responsibility of every practitioner to understand the NJ laws regarding prescribing opioids, how to treat withdrawal, and manage chronic pain.


  • Review neuroscience of addiction to opioids
  • Identify and treat acute opioids withdrawal
  • Manage acute pain in patients on medication assisted treatment
  • Demonstrate understanding how to manage chronic pain patients while in acute pain

Disclosures: Lina Shihabuddin, MD – No disclosures
Non-faculty contributors and other involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement: 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 1 AMA PRA Category I Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated completion time: 1.0 hour of instruction

Target Audience: This program has been designed for Physicians, Physician Assistant’s, Nurse Practitioners, and other healthcare professionals who seek to successfully manage pain.

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References: www.hhs.gov/opioid

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