Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

Surviving Dreamland and Challenges of Opioids in Front Line Medicine

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CME: 0.50
    • Other: 0.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Apr 9, 2017
  • Expires: Apr 8, 2020
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    30 Minutes
  • Average User Rating:
    (12 Ratings)


Ryan A.  Stanton Ryan A. Stanton, MD, FACEP
Central Emergency Physicians
Baptist Health Lexington
Medical Director
Lexington Fire/EMS
Lexington, Kentucky
Adjunct Faculty
Lincoln Memorial University DCOM
Harrogate, Tennessee

Needs Statement

Drug overdose is a huge problem facing the health care system in Kentucky. Drug overdose deaths are acute poisoning deaths due to prescription or illicit drugs. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, Kentucky had the second highest drug overdose death rate in the U.S. in 2013.

Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center - http://www.mc.uky.edu/kiprc/  
Kentucky Department for Public Health http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/  
Released October 2015 

The current epidemic is overwhelming the system. We need to assess where we are, plan for the future, and be prepared to face the challenges to improve patient care.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals prescribing opiates interested in reducing addiction and discovering treatment options for addicted patients.


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

  • Evaluate how we got where we are with opioid abuse
  • Review the evolution of the epidemic over the past 10-15 years
  • Assess current state of opioid epidemic
  • Identify new challenges facing acute care and frontline medical staff
  • Assess the future of the epidemic


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 0.50 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. 0417-H.50-UK10

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Professionalism

UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 0.50 hours of participation.

Faculty Disclosure

Michelle Lofwalll, MD (planner and speaker) has relevant financial relationships with commercial interests as follows:

  • Braeburn Pharmaceuticals - Consultant and Principal Investigator - Consulting Fees and Research Contract
  • PCM Scientific - Speaker - Honoraria

No speaker or other 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 Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC).