This interactive workshop provides physicians, pharmacists, nurses and counsellors with the knowledge and skills to manage special issues related to people receiving opioid agonist treatment. The workshop is a part of the Opioid Dependence Treatment Certificate Program.
The Advanced Issues in opioid dependence treatment course covers a range of topics addressing the complexity of opioid dependence treatment. The workshop is offered once per year, and each year the topics covered in the workshop are based on a needs assessment survey conducted prior to the workshop.
Learning objectives for the course offered in November 10, 2012:
- list interventions to prevent pregnancy in women who are treated with methadone or buprenorphine
- identify the indications to treat pregnant woment with opioid agonist treatment
- describe best-practice & protocol of methadone initiation for pregnant women who are opioid dependent, including induction and maintenance
- determine methadone dose adjustments often necessary during pregnancy and during the post-partum period
- indicate what care is needed for methadone-exposed infant
- describe the current practice for treating pregnant women who are opioid dependent with buprenorphine
- develop a diagnostic and therapeutic approach to patients with common concurrent mental health and substance use disorders
- explain how to manager acute pain in patients treated with methadone or buprenorphine
- develop a diagnostic approach that allows to formulate a treatment plan to address poly-substance abuse by patients treated with or being considered for treatment with methadone or buprenorphine
- describe the clinical approach to using common potential drug interactions related to methadone and buprenorpine
- describe the clinical approach to using drugs which are associated with prolonged QTc or Torsade de Points
- suggest approaches to treatment in rural/remote areas with reduced access to certain treatments