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The Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis





Credit Hours: CME 1.00

Target Audience:

Pediatric and adults health care providers, government officials, and community-based organizations.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the state of the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania
  • Identify the functions of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
  • Identify efforts made in Pennsylvania in response to the opioid epidemic.

Joint Sponsor Statement - Note: This Accreditation Statement Supersedes All Other Statements

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Pennsylvania Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits'. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .10 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.0 contact hours. Faculty for this activity have been requested to identify significant financial or other relationships with manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) or with provider(s) of any commercial service(s) which might affect the balance of their presentation.

Suggested Additional Reading:

  1. Curtin et al. Drug Overdose Deaths Among Adolescents Aged 15-19 in the United States: 1999-2015.
  2. NCHS Data Brief, 2017 Aug;(282):1-8; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Washington, DC: HHS, Nov 2016 
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids. Washington, DC: HHS, Sept 2018 
  4. Ashburn and Levine. PA State Core Competencies for Education on Opioids and Addiction, Pain Medicine, 2017
  5. del Portal et al. Impact of an Opioid Prescribing Guideline in the Acute Care Setting. Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2015

Rachel L. Levine, MD — Secretary of Health, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine
No relationships with industry relevant to the content of this educational activity have been disclosed.
No other members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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