Eastern Area Health Education Center

Opioid Programs and Information

As the opioid crisis intensifies around the country, Eastern AHEC is ready to help eastern North Carolina counteract the abuse of opioids and controlled substances with continuing education programs and other relevant sources of information. Our goal is to serve as a resource for both the healthcare field and the community. Our continuing education programs for healthcare professionals across all disciplines are developed with the most recent evidence-based practices to prevent and treat addiction, to help respond to problems as they arise, and to improve the health of our community. Eastern AHEC is also involved with coalitions and local partners addressing this critical issue and continues to look for more ways to do so.

Upcoming Eastern AHEC Programs

The following medical, pharmacy, dental, nursing and mental health programs cover or include opioids, narcotics and/or other controlled substances. Many, though not all, will satisfy the CME requirements in the updated law.

Click on the programs below (or check back later) for details.


April 12, 2019
Breaking the Cycle of Re-Offending and Substance Use/Preparing for Successful Re-Entry
This mental health program will be held in the afternoon in Greenville, NC.

May 1, 2019
Providers’ Clinical Support System: Buprenorphine Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, the “Half and Half” Course
Recovery Within Reach: Building Team Expertise in Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)
These programs will be offered in partnership with Mountain AHEC and held at Eastern AHEC.

Other Programs Across the State

The NC AHEC program has created a statewide opioid resource page, which will feature both in-person and online programs from the nine AHECs across the state and other state-level resources. Below is a brief sampling of online programs from other AHECs that may be of interest to providers in the Eastern AHEC area.

Recorded Webinar
Controlled Substance Prescribing: What Every Provider Needs to Know
Available through Wake AHEC and the North Carolina Medical Board

Online Course
A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain
Available through Mountain AHEC and the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse

Online Modules
Breaking the Cycle: Opioid Epidemic
Chronic Pain and Safe Opioid Prescribing Best Practices
Considerations of Co-Morbid Mood and Anxiety in Chronic Pain
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Pain Management in the Cancer Patient
Responsible Pain Management in the Emergency Department
Available through Charlotte AHEC

Further Reading

In addition to continuing education programs, Eastern AHEC also maintains a frequently updated resource page through our partnership with Laupus Health Sciences Library at East Carolina University.

Click here to view Opioid Abuse and Treatment: Free Resources.

Need help finding more research on opioids? Contact librarian Jeff Coghill at 252-744-2066 or coghillj@ecu.edu