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.
March 16, 2018
The Opioid Crisis: Enhancing Understanding of its Effects on Children
Elizabeth City, NC
March 29, 2018
Dental Pain Pharmacotherapy: Considerations in Today’s Healthcare Landscape
This two-hour program targets all North Carolina dentists who prescribe controlled substances. This program will fulfill the annual one-hour minimum continuing education requirement set forth by the NC Board of Dental Examiners.
The Education Center 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.
Controlled Substance Prescribing: What Every Provider Needs to Know
Available through Wake AHEC and the North Carolina Medical Board
A Guide to Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain
Available through Mountain AHEC and the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org