This 8-hour, online course provides the education that is essential for providers to identify, assess, diagnose, and manage patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a justice-involved setting. The curriculum for this course has been specifically designed for providers treating patients in a justice-involved setting. It covers all medications and treatments for OUD and provides the education needed to prescribe buprenorphine.
Please Note: That recent legislation has removed the waiver requirement to prescribe buprenorphine. Some of the course content and descriptions refer to the waiver and we appreciate your patience as we work to update this content. To learn more about federal buprenorphine prescribing regulations, check out https://www.asam.org/advocacy/practice-resources/buprenorphine-management
The target audience for this introductory activity includes Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Certified Nurse Midwives seeking to treat opioid use disorder and prescribe buprenorphine in an office-based setting. All members of the health care team are encouraged to take the course.
This activity addresses the following ACGME Competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge
Upon completion, participants should be able to:
1. Identify, assess, and diagnose patients with opioid use disorder while considering severity, chronicity, individual characteristics, and psychiatric and medical comorbidities
2. Understand addiction as a chronic disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual's life experiences
3. Follow ASAM Levels of Care to develop an individualized, patient-centered treatment plan, including negotiating treatment goals by evaluating appropriate medication- and psychosocial-based treatment options
4. Monitor progress and modify treatment plans based on patient needs and progress toward treatment goals
5. Implement best practices for office systems, including team-based care, to support treatment with medications for opioid use disorder
6. Examine misconceptions, stigma, and complexities (bioethical, social, clinical, and public health) associated with opioid use disorder and the use of medications to treat opioid use disorder