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A Minnesota Physician Toolkit to Prevent Drug Overdoses, Treat Substance Use Disorder, and Safely Prescribe Opioids

Learning Objectives
1. Describe current trends in the drug overdose epidemic both nationally and in Minnesota
2. Utilize state and national tools and guidance to reduce harm for people taking opioids
3. Identify educational resources to make pain treatment safer and more effective, emphasizing nonopioid and non-pharmaceutical treatments
4. Discover resources for treatment of substance use disorders and recovery supports for people with opioid use disorder
1 Credit CME

Fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses are an ongoing and worsening national epidemic. CDC data shows we are on track to see at least 100 000 drug overdose deaths nationally for 2021. As we see the evolving nature of the overdose epidemic, it has become apparent that prescription opioids are no longer the primary contributor. Drugs such as Illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin are now the primary drivers of the drug overdose epidemic. We must do better. Minnesota is working hard to address the epidemic. This physician toolkit, presented by the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) give Minnesota physicians resources and tools for use to help prevent overdose and overdose deaths, address and treat substance use and substance use disorder, provide harm reduction, encourage safer opioid prescribing and management, and learn about better care for pain.

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Activity Information

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content reported no relevant financial relationships.

If applicable, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

1 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

1 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

1 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and

1 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.

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