HCV & Substance Misuse

The Opioid Crisis

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CME: 0.75
    • Other: 0.75
    • CPHCE: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Sep 10, 2019
  • Expires: Sep 9, 2022
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    45 Minutes
  • Average User Rating:
    (39 Ratings)


Petros Levounis Petros Levounis, MD, MA, DFASAM
Professor and Chair, Psychiatry
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Chief of Service
University Hospital
Newark, New Jersey

Needs Statement

Addiction to prescription opioids and heroin has become a national emergency. This module provides clinicians with a description of the epidemic and its effective treatments.

This activity has been approved by the KBML as meeting the statutory requirements of HB1.

Target Audience

Health care providers facing the challenges of addiction in their practices.


Upon completion of this education activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the origins and current state of the opioid crisis in America
  • Describe the basic elements of drive and cognition in the neurobiology of opioid addiction
  • Discuss the clinical use of buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorders.


The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

This training has been approved by the KBML as meeting the statutory requirements of HB1. 0418-H3.5-UK19a

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge

UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 0.75 hours of participation.

University of Kentucky College of Public Health certifies that this educational activity was designated for 1.00 hour of Public Health Continuing Education (CPHCE) credit. This course is approved for continuing education by the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. ()

Faculty Disclosure

No speaker or planners have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The material presented in this course represents information obtained from the scientific literature as well as the clinical experiences of the speaker. In some cases, the presentation might include discussion of investigational agents and/or off-label indications for various agents used in clinical practice. The speaker will inform the audience when they are discussing investigational and/or off-label uses.

Content review confirmed that the content was developed in a fair, balanced manner free from commercial bias. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.


In collaboration with Kentucky Aids Education Training Center (KY AETC) and Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC).