A Practical Approach to Opioid Use Disorders (PrAOUD)

Sunday, 22 September 2019
08:00 – 12:30


Course Description

Currently, the opioid epidemic is presenting challenges to providers at all stages of care, including the pre-hospital setting, outpatient clinics, emergency departments, inpatient hospitalizations, and longitudinal care. Health care providers are not always aware of most up-to-date prescribing practices, recognition of and treatments for opioid use disorders, or the emerging opioids of abuse (synthetic fentanyl analogs, for example). The goal of this training is to educate a broad range of healthcare providers on the scope of the opioid epidemic, best prescribing practices, recognition and management of opioid use disorders, and new illicit opioids.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the scope of the opioid epidemic and opioid use disorders.
  2. Properly apply the most recent prescribing guidelines for opioids, including use of provider resources such as PDMPs.
  3. Discuss current management strategies for acute opioid intoxication and withdrawal.
  4. Recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid use disorder.
  5. Outline three treatment options for patients with or at risk for opioid use disorders.
  6. Identify substance use disorders that commonly co-occur with opioid use disorder.
  7. Describe the pharmacology of buprenorphine/naloxone.
  8. List the components of medication-assisted therapy (MAT).


Course Fee

  • Organizing Society Member (AAEM, MAEM): $175 USD
  • Non-Member: $200 USD
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Tentative Course Schedule

Sunday, 22 September 2019

08:00 – 08:50

Epidemiology of Opioid Use Disorders
Optimizing Safe Opioid Prescribing

Tim Wiegand, MD FACMT
Brent Morgan, MD FAAEM FACMT

08:50 – 09:55

Opioid Use Disorder Recognition and Referral to Treatment
Recognizing and Managing Opioid Intoxication

Tim Wiegand, MD FACMT

09:55 – 10:15


10:15 – 12:15

Provider Resources
Recognizing and Managing Opioid Withdrawal

  • Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders
  • Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders

Brent Morgan, MD FAAEM FACMT

12:15 – 12:30

PrAOUD Wrap-Up & Evaluation
All Faculty

Target Audience

Physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, pharmacists and paramedics


Course Directors and Faculty

Brent Morgan, MD FAAEM FACMT
Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Director, Medical Toxicology Residency Program, Emory University Associate Medical Director, Georgia Poison Center, Atlanta, GA, USA

Timothy Wiegand, MD FACMT
Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Toxicology Services, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester University, Board of Directors, ACMT, Board of Directors, ASAM, Board of Directors, MTF, Rochester, NY, USA


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