MAG Foundation promoting free opioid use disorder CME events 

The MAG Foundation is encouraging physicians and applicable practice staff to register for one of the free ‘Beyond the Waiver Addiction and Opioid Use Disorder Training for Health Care Professionals’ events that the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will present in Macon and Atlanta in September that are “designed to meet the new Composite Medical Board CME requirements and will cover [the] H.B. 249 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.”

The events will take place at the Macon Marriott City Center from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 6 and the Atlanta Marriott Northwest/Galleria from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, September 7. 

The organizers note that, “Physicians, nurses, and other practitioners have important roles to play combating opioid abuse – which may be a new and uncomfortable role for some, but essential to turning the tide. Changing prescribing practices is an urgent need, but not the only thing providers and their organizations can and should do. Health care has multiple roles to play in changing the trajectory of the opioid crisis in the communities they serve, including limiting the supply of prescription opioids in circulation, raising awareness of the risk of opioid addiction, identifying and treating opioid-dependent individuals, and collaborating closely with community efforts.”

The event is designed to help attendees…

– “Understand the risks and known benefits of treating pain with opioids as well as federal evidence-based prescribing guidelines”

– “Provide education on the disease of addiction

– Identify and educate patients at greatest risk for addiction”

– “Identify patients who are opioid-dependent, provide compassion and care, and refer them to the appropriate agency or community partner”

– “Understand evidence-based practices used in the treatment of addiction, including medication-assisted therapy”

– “Be open to new approaches, such as forming partnerships with others in the community to enhance efforts”

The events are made possible by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

A light lunch will be served in Macon, while a light breakfast will be served in Atlanta. 

Contact Stephanie Goode at 651.213.4869 or sgoode@hazeldenbettyford.org with questions.

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