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The Opioid Crisis

The national opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities on unprecedented levels. Emergency medical personnel are uniquely situated to help patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) by expanding their current scope of care. This page will hold opioid-related education and resources for the entire spectrum of emergency care providers.


Implementing Warm Hand-Offs Between EDs and Treatment Providers for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder

Duration: 1.5 hours
CME: 1.5 credits
Accredited by: ACCME | FBON | FEMS | FPA | CAPCE
Audience: Anyone (if you do not have a license #, type in n/a)
Price: Free!
Expires: November 30, 2019

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About: Patients suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) present unique and unprecedented challenges to emergency care providers, who are on the front lines of this national opioid epidemic. OUD patients frequently present in respiratory arrest due to overdose and are discharged in a dangerous state of acute opioid withdrawal—often without any direction towards treatment options, which greatly increases their risk of fatal overdose. This current model of care must change in order to save lives.

The Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP), in conjunction with the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), aims to change mindsets about OUD patients and recovery options using evidence-based research and case studies. We will discuss misconceptions about treatment and the disease itself; introduce the concept of warm hand-offs between EDs and treatment providers; review legal issues surrounding opioid overdose cases; and talk about the important role of peer specialists in recovery.

This webinar was developed through a generous grant from the Aetna Foundation.

Faculty List:
Aaron Wohl, MD, FACEP
Medical Director for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Department of Emergency Medicine, Lee Health
Fort Myers, FL

Nancy McConnell, MSW, MCAP, CRPS-A
Chief Operating Officer/Program Director
Rebel Recovery Florida
West Palm Beach, FL

Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten
Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
Orlando, FL

Mark Stavros, MD, FACEP
Medical Director, Emergency Department, West Florida Hospital
Education Director, Emergency Medicine, Florida State University College of Medicine
Medical Director, Pensacola State EMT/Paramedic Program
Gulf Breeze, FL

Safe Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain

Faculty: Jay Falk, MD, FACEP, MCCM; Josef Thundiyil, MD, MPH, FACMT, FACEP; Aaron Wohl, MD, FACEP
Duration: 2.5 hours
CME: 2.5 credits
Accredited by: ACCME | FBOM | FBON | FBOO | FBOOM | FBOP | FPA
Price: $25 for FCEP & FHA members | $75 for non-members
Fulfills Florida’s requirement for DEA-licensed professionals to take 2 hours of continuing education on prescribing controlled substances

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About: This in-depth course will review the scope of the current opioid crisis, including an historical lookback on how we arrived at this epidemic. The pharmacology of opioids and their antagonists, as well as the standards of prescribing and e-prescribing opioids for acute and chronic pain, will be reviewed. This will be followed by a discussion on the alternative and adjuncts to opioids for pain management, including evidence-based addiction treatment options and optimal standard of care treatments for pain. This course will review recent legislative updates and how it affects you, the practitioner.

As a FCEP member, the cost was minimal, but the quality and content of the 2.5 hour program was excellent, well researched and very educational. The expertise of the presenters was evident and welcomed. I enjoyed the course as I know you will too.

John Stimler, DO, FACEP, FCEP Past President