Free course aids health care providers who treat
patients with chronic pain
(ATHENS, Ohio – Oct. 8, 2013) The Area
Health Education Center (AHEC) at the Ohio University Heritage
College of Osteopathic Medicine, in collaboration with the
Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association, will present a
continuing education session for health care providers about opioid
use for patient care on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
at the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center.
“ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving safe use while improving patient care
in Ohio” will provide physicians, nurse practitioners and physician
assistants who treat patients with chronic pain with general and
specific information about extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA)
opioids, as well as information specific to prescribing these
products in Ohio.
Organizers expect the program to be approved for three hours of
American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Category 1-A credit, pending
approval by the AOA Continuing Medical Education Council. The course
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that more than 33
million Americans misused ER/LA opioids during 2007, up from 29
million in 2002. Yet these drugs have long been used effectively in
managing chronic pain and in treating those suffering pain from an
injury or surgery.
Although highly effective, ER/LA opioid therapy poses a number of
challenges for health care professionals, including assessing
initial and ongoing risks, managing adverse effects, communicating
with patients about safe usage, and understanding laws and
regulations regarding prescribing opioids.
Presenters for the Oct. 23 event include Theodore V. Parran Jr.,
M.D., a clinical professor at Case Western Reserve University
Medical School and a specialist in managing chemical dependency, and
Melinda Ford, D.O., assistant professor of family medicine at the
Heritage College, who is certified in Suboxone therapy for opiate
For information, contact Vickey Haller, B.S.N., R.N., AHEC education
coordinator, at 740-593-2258. To register, go to