2015 OTP Clinical Staff Education: Appropriate Use of Methadone in the OTP

Saturday, March 28, 2014
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Valentin Bonilla, PA, Beth Israel Hospital, New York, NY
Carolyn Baird, DNP, Waynesburg University, McMurray, PA

While methadone is recognized as a safe and effective medication, it is important that it be prescribed, dispensed, and taken properly. Clinical staff must appreciate its idiosyncrasies and be able to identify potentially dangerous drug interactions, misuse, and abuse. Patients’ lives depend on it. The recent rise in methadone mortality has brought additional scrutiny to the use of methadone and although the increase in deaths appears to be linked to the increased use of the medication in treatment of pain rather than in Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is proactive in developing and delivering targeted clinical training to providers in OTPs to assure that they apply best practice and the most current information on methadone use in the OTP setting.

Participants will be able to describe the unique characteristics of methadone pharmacology and pharmacotherapy; understand OTP patient screening, assessment, induction, stabilization, and maintenance techniques; identify and address co-occurring medical and psychiatric disorders; and outline treatment services and appropriate levels of care.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Please go to http://www.aatod.org/national-conference/2015-aatod-conference-atlanta/continuing-education-credit/ for more information on continuing education credits for each section of the website.


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