Tackling the Opioid Crisis

Tackling The Opioid Crisis: A Practical Approach to Understanding and Addressing the Problem

Program description

In the last 15 years, prescription opioid sales in the United States have risen by 300 percent, resulting in more than 33,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2015 nationwide. In Arizona, 790 individuals died in 2016 of an opioid overdose, a 74 percent increase since 2012. This figure represents over half of all drug overdoses in Arizona in 2016.

In response to this epidemic, Governor Doug Ducey, issued a declaration of emergency for the opioid overdose epidemic on June 5, 2017. The state legislature then passed a bill requiring all licensed healthcare practitioners in Arizona to participate in opioid and substance abuse-related education.

This online CME activity is the result of a recorded live event in Phoenix on Aug. 25, 2018, with simultaneous broadcasts in Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma.


  • Anita D. Karnik, MD, Chronic Pain Wellness Center, Carl V Hayden VA Hospital, Phoenix.
  • Anita Murcko, MD, FACP, Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Informatics, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University & Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Faculty & Research Affiliate.
  • Annette Lusko, DO, Medical, Associate Fellowship Director for Central City Addiction Recovery Center, Community Bridges.
  • Aram S. Mardian, MD, Chief, Chronic Pain Wellness Center, Carl V Hayden VA Health Care System.
  • Craig Norquist, MD, Network Safety Director, HonorHealth.
  • Kamlesh Gandhi, PharmD, Executive Director, Arizona Board of Pharmacy.
  • Pete Wertheim, MS, Executive Director, Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association.
  • Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, FACP, Chief Academic Officer for Honor Health; Clinical Advisor, Practice Innovation Institute, Governor Elect, ACP Arizona.
  • Todd Larson, EdD, FABC, Associate Vice President, Workplace & Public Safety - HonorHealth.

Target audience

This activity is intended for primary care and specialty physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Activity purpose

The purpose of this activity is to help prescribers integrate the updated guidelines pertaining to opioid prescribing into daily practice to improve outcomes in patients.

The overall goals of this CME activity are to:

  • Improve prescribing and dispensing practices.
  • Improve access to treatment.
  • Increase awareness of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs.
  • Reduced opioid deaths.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  1. Recognize the opioid crisis in Arizona, including the legislative mandates for safe opioid prescribing for patients with chronic pain.
  2. Diagnose Opioid Use Disorder and Identify resources to treat patients with Opioid Use Disorder.
  3. Learn about methods to use electronic health records to manage opioid prescriptions.

Accreditation, disclosures and credit

Acknowledgment: This CME event is not supported by any commercial entity.

Disclosure: Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, discloses that she has received research/grant support from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Pfizer and the American College of Physicians (ACP). All other speakers and members of the planning committee have no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Arizona Medical Association through the joint providership of HonorHealth and the Arizona chapter of the American College of Physicians. HonorHealth is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statement: HonorHealth designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date: 01/10/2019
Review Date: 01/10/2021
Expiration Date: 3/22/2021

This activity is presented by the Arizona Chapter of American College of Physicians in collaboration with the Practice Innovation Institute, HonorHealth Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration Project, Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program, and the HonorHealth Continuing Medical Education Program.
HonorHealth CME Opioid Crisis SponsorsThis Presentation was supported by Funding Opportunity 1L1CMS331476-03-00 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.


Each segment is considered an individual CME activity. Participants may elect to complete one or more segments for the designated credit. To receive credit, participants are required to complete the pretest, view the online activity and complete the post test and evaluation for each activity. A certificate of completion is available upon request by contacting the HonorHealth CME Office.

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