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24th Napa Pain Conference

NPC2017-Sa05a - Opioids

Aug 19, 2017 10:30am ‐ Aug 19, 2017 12:30pm

Credits: None available.



Opioids have increasingly emerged as an extremely important topic, not only in medicine but increasingly for the general public. This session explores opioids from various angles, beginning with an understanding of fundamental mechanisms of actions for opioids, prescribing opioids today, and how to effectively communicate with patients about opioids.

The emphasis is on responsible prescribing and taking into consideration the risks and benefits of chronic opioid therapy.

10:30 MOA of Opioids: Gregory Scherrer, PhD, PharmD
11:00 Prudent Prescribing: Samir Sheth, MD
11:30 Risk Mitigation: Identifying High Risk Patients: Angella Barr, MD
12:00 Patient / Provider Agreements & Improving Patient Communication: Susan Verba, MFA


As a result of completing this course, learners will be able / better able to:

  • Incorporate an improved understanding of the mechanisms of action for opioids into their clinical decision making.
  • Apply new standards, in line with national guidelines, into their clinical practice.
  • Identify high-risk patients.
  • Adapt or implement new risk mitigation strategies when prescribing opioids.
  • Integrate new, patient-centric communication strategies.


  • Ceasar, Rachel, et al. Primary care providers’ experiences with urine toxicology tests to manage prescription opioid misuse and substance use among chronic noncancer pain patients in safety net health care settings. Substance Abuse 37.1 (2016): 154-160.
  • Davis, Margot Trotter, Brian Bateman, and Jerry Avorn. Educational Outreach to Opioid Prescribers: The Case for Academic Detailing. Pain Physician 20.2 (2017): S147-S151.
  • Huffman, Kelly L., et al. Sustained improvements in pain, mood, function and opioid use post interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation in patients weaned from high and low dose chronic opioid therapy. Pain (2017).
  • Michael, Sean S., et al. Emergency Medicine Providers Systematically Underestimate Their Opioid Prescribing Practices. (2016).


  • Dr. Samir J. Sheth, MD, Interventional Pain Management, Sutter Hospitals
  • Gregory Scherrer, PhD, PharmaD, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Dr. Angella Barr, MD, Medical Director, Chemical Dependency and Treatment Associates Inc.
  • Susan Verba, MFA, Professor of Design, University of California
Category: CME


Credits: None available.

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