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ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care

March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014

Registration and Light Supper Provided: 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm                 

Program: 5:45 pm – 9:10 pm

Robert E. Coleman Medical Staff Auditorium – Greenville Memorial Hospital – 701 Grove Road – Greenville, SC

Edwin A. Salsitz, M.D., FASAM and Claire DeCristofaro, MD

About the Course: FDA statistics indicate that more than 33 million Americans, teens and older, misused extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioids during 2007- up from 29 million in 2002.  Yet these drugs have long been a major tool in the management of chronic pain or to help those who suffer from a painful injury or surgery. Highly effective yet highly addictive, the challenge posed by ER/LA opioid-patient assessment, prescribing guidelines, managing treatment and addressing alternatives when opioids fail- are the critical issues addressed by ASAM’s CO*RE ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care course.


  1. Describe appropriate patient assessment for treatment with ER/LA opioid analgesics, evaluate risks and potential benefits of ER/LA therapy, as well as possible misuse.
  2. Apply proper methods to initiate therapy, modify dose, and discontinue use of ER/LA opioid analgesics, applying best practices including accurate dosing and conversion techniques, as well as appropriate discontinuation strategies.
  3. Demonstrate accurate knowledge about how to manage ongoing therapy with ER/LA opioid analgesics and properly use evidence-based tools while assessing for adverse effects.
  4. Employ methods to counsel patients and caregivers about the safe use of ER/LA opioid analgesics, including proper storage and disposal.
  5. Review/assess general and product-specific drug information concerning ER/LA opioid analgesics and identifying potential adverse effects of ER/LA opioids.


There is no fee to attend this course, to ensure your space and receive your e-mailed handouts, pre-registration must be received by March 4, 2014.

Continuing Education Credit:

Physicians:  Credit 3.0 hours CME AMA PRA Category 1™

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 3 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 3 clock hours of non-social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Others: This program is approved for 0.3 CEUs (3 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets the SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Successful completion of the program requires attendance for at least 90 percent of the course and a completed evaluation by the participant.


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