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.

October 6, 2017
Trauma Symposium 2017: Current Trends in Trauma Care
This program will include two one-hour sessions on the impact of opioids on EMS, violence and crime
Rock Springs Center
Greenville, NC

October 25, 2017
Evolving Standard of Care in Opioid Treatment
Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, NC

October 26-28, 2017
Recent Developments in Internal Medicine
This program will include a one-hour session on opioids
Coral Bay Club
Atlantic Beach, NC

November 1-2, 2017
2017 Substance Use Services Conference: Tapestry of Skills in Treatment Interventions
This mental health program includes an hour-and-a-half session on emerging trends in illegal substance use
Hilton Greenville
Greenville, NC

November 4, 2017
No Pain, No Knowledge Gain: A Comprehensive Look at the Management of Pain in 2017 
This pharmacy program features several sessions on opioids 
The Education Center at Eastern AHEC

Greenville, NC

December 1, 2017
Celebration of Rural Nursing
This program will cover multiple topics including a statewide keynote address on opioids Washington, NC and Tarboro, NC and other sites across the state

December 5, 2017
Evidence-Based Narcotic Prescribing
The Education Center at Eastern AHEC
Greenville, NC

December 13, 2017
Death Investigation: Fitting the Pieces of the Puzzle
This program will include a one-hour session on opioids
The Education Center at Eastern AHEC
Greenville, 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
Greenville, NC

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