Methadone is an opioid agonist medication that has been used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) for 50 years. Methadone reduces opioid craving and withdrawal and blunts or blocks the effects of opioids. As with all medications used in medications for addiction treatment (MAT), methadone is prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Methadone, which is also used to treat pain, can cause adverse effects, including overdose, if not taken as prescribed. By law, patients taking methadone to treat OUD must receive the medication under the supervision of a physician, and methadone is only dispensed through a SAMHSA-certified opioid treatment program (OTP).

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Presenter(s):
Bobby Mukkamala, MD and Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD
Credit Available:
CE Credit(s): Yes
Designations: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Presenter(s):
Sachin Kale, MD; and Justin Kullgren, PharmD, FAAHPM
Credit Available:
CE Credit(s): Yes
Designations: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Presenter(s):
Mark Parrino, President & CEO of The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc. and Jennifer Seib, VP of Strategic Initiatives and Integration at BestSelf Behavioral Health
Credit Available:
CE Credit(s): No
Certificate: Certificate of Attendance, 1-hour
The current opioid and drug overdose crisis continues to have a devastating impact on morbidity and mortality in the United States. With the rise in use of potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl in the drug supply, creating linkages to comprehensive substance use related services is critical. Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) and the comprehensive care and services they provide play a vital role in addressing this need, yet challenges remain. Despite clear evidence of the benefits of OTP’s, access to OTPs in some parts of the country is limited; stigma related to the use of methadone remains a challenge. Yet in the face of these headwinds, many OTPs are providing comprehensive leading-edge services to address the opioid and drug overdose crisis.
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Presenter(s):
Maria Manriquez, M.D., FACOG, FASAM, PMH-C; Tara Sundem, APRN, NNP-BC; and Tawni Carson
Credit Available:
CE Credit(s): No
Certificate: Certificate of Attendance, 1-hour
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Presenter(s):
Valerie Harder, PhD, MHS and Julia Shaw, MPH
Credit Available:
CE Credit(s): Yes
Designations: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, Pharmacy CE Credit, Nursing Contact Hours, AAPA Category 1 CME, Social Work CE Credit, Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Credit
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Presenter(s):
Jonathan Craig Allen, MD, FASAM, and Marc Fishman, MD
Credit Available:
CE Credit(s): Yes
Designations: Pharmacy CE Credit, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AAPA Category 1 CME, Nursing Contact Hours, Social Work CE Credit, Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Credit
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Presenter(s):
Andrew Saxon, MD
Credit Available:
CE Credit(s): Yes
Designations: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AAPA Category 1 CME, Nursing Contact Hours, Pharmacy CE Credit, Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Credit
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Presenter(s):
Roberto D. Sanchez, DO and Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD
Credit Available:
CE Credit(s): Yes
Designations: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AAPA Category 1 CME, Social Work CE Credit, Pharmacy CE Credit, Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Credit
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