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Pain Medicine: Accidental Lethal Drug Overdoses

Credit(s): 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Enduring)
Course Number: POE-OPIOID/GEN
Access: Available until November 15, 2015
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    The United States is reaching a prescription drug abuse epidemic. Unintentional lethal prescription overdoses (ODs) have increased in proportion to opioid prescribing patterns. Opioids are the primary drug resulting in these preventable deaths. For each unintentional lethal prescription OD, nine people are admitted for substance abuse treatment, 35 visit the emergency department, 161 report drug abuse or dependency, and 461 report nonmedical use of opioid analgesics. Among the victims of lethal prescription OD, those living in  rural and more impoverished counties, Medicaid populations, and those with mental illness are over-represented. Deaths from opioid prescriptions now exceed deaths from cocaine and heroin combined. One hundred percent of these deaths are preventable.

    Released:    Nov. 15th, 2012
    Expires:     Nov. 15, 2015

    Target Audience:
    All physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners

    Course Objectives:

    • Discuss the number of opioid overdoses in the United States

    • Restate the most commonly prescribed drugs detected in 2011 drug-related fatalities

    • Cite common dangerous drug cocktails

    • Appraise a patient’s risk for substance abuse.

    Teaching Methods:
    The participant is required to read the course in its entirety and complete an online test and course evaluation



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    Satish Chundru, DO

    Dr. Satish Chundru services as the medical examiner for Travis County, Texas. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology. Dr. Chundru graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and served a residency in pathology at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. After training in forensics at the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Department, he joined the department staff. In 2008, he moved to Austin, where he serves as Travis County deputy chief medical examiner. He has been practicing forensics for eight years.

    David Dolinak, MD,

    Dr. David Dolinak serves as the chief medical examiner for Travis County, Texas. Dr. Dolinak is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology. He is the author of several textbooks, including Forensics Pathology: Principles and Practice, Medicolegal Neuropathology: A Color Atlas, and Fundamentals of Forensic Pathology

    Graves T. Owen, MD

    As the president for the Texas Pain Society (TPS), Dr. Graves Owen co-authored numerous articles for TPS as well as the Texas Medical Association resolution for responsible opioid prescribing. Dr. Owen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Management. He also manages an opioid dependency treatment center, and serves as the medical director for the Texas Pain Rehabilitation Institute, PA; a pain management medical director for Paradigm Outcomes; and a national third-party consultant to the workers’ compensation industry.

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