The Naltrexone Conundrum: Naltrexone’s Impact on Pain Management in the Perioperative Period

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Direct providership by American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine

Brian Mirante, MD | Attending Anesthesiologist, Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT

Stephen Wyatt, DO | Medical Director Medical Director, Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health Service Line – Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC

Module Description
Naltrexone offers an approach to abstinence that differs from other current therapies and it attempts to discourage the use of some of the most commonly abused substances currently in the U.S.- mainly narcotics and alcohol. But, one of the biggest barriers to physicians utilizing it more widely is fear of its hindrance on the treatment of pain and a lack of understanding and knowledge on the subject. The presentation will consist of 25 slides on the subject of Naltrexone and its impact on the treatment of pain. The slides will include background information, epidemiology, treatment options and recommendations on the topic, as well as some clinical experiences with this problem.

Note: There was a follow-up webinar held on 7/15/15 for this training, but unfortunately the archive is unavailable. 

Accreditation and Designation:
The Council on Continuing Medical Education (CCME) has been delegated authority by the AOA Board of Trustees to monitor osteopathic CME and award Category 1 and Category 2 accreditation status to osteopathic CME sponsors.

The purpose of the AOAAM’s continuing medical education program is to continually improve the quality of patient care, through the growth of knowledge, the improvement of skills, and physician-to-physician interaction.

The American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM) designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 (one) Category 2B Credit by the AOA CCME (pending all requirements are met). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

How to Receive CME Credits:
Upon completion of the Post Test:

  • If you pass the Post Test with a grade of 70% or higher, you will be instructed to click a link which will bring you to the Online Module Evaluation Survey. Upon completion of the Online Module Evaluation Survey, you will receive a CME Credit Certificate or Certificate of Completion via email.
  • If you received a grade of 69% or lower on the Post Test, you will be instructed to review the Online Module once more and retake the Post Test. You will then be instructed to click a link which will bring you to the Online Module Evaluation Survey. Upon completion of the Online Module Evaluation Survey, you will receive a CME Credit Certificate or Certificate of Completion via email.
  • After successfully passing, you will receive an email detailing correct answers, explanations and references for each question of the Post Test.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server Mac®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10