Opioid use disorder (OUD) has been identified nationally as an epidemic; with fatal overdoses now the leading cause of death in people less than 50 years of age. Opioid addiction and overdose death have similarly risen in Cook County, and the Chicago Department of Public Health has identified OUD treatment and prevention as top priorities. Thus, there is an urgent need to increase the number of health care providers trained in evidence-based treatment options, such as Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), which is highly effective in helping patients achieve long term recovery and substantially reduce their risk of overdose or relapse. Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000), primary care providers including MDs, PAs and APNs are eligible to obtain DEA-waivers to prescribe buprenorphine, yet still there is a critical shortage of trained providers. This ECHO-Chicago series will equip primary care providers with the knowledge to provide care to patients and communities suffering from addiction. Our Opioid Use Disorder curriculum is designed to focus on case discussions, problem solving, peer support, and mentorship for beginning MAT prescribers. We welcome all community-based healthcare providers, behavioral health specialists and social workers join his series and learn how to manage complex opioid related cases.
Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:
Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Northwestern University who is board certified in addiction medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago
Social Worker/Therapist with Substance Abuse Program at Lake County Health Department