Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: The Evidence Base and Common Pitfalls and Myths

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CME: 1.25
    • Other: 1.25
    • CDE: 1.25
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Sep 26, 2019
  • Expires: Sep 25, 2022
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)  15 Minutes
  • Average User Rating:
    (42 Ratings)



Michelle R.  Lofwall Michelle R. Lofwall, MD, DFASAM
Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Bell Alcohol and Addictions Chair and Medical Director
First Bridge Clinic
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Needs Statement

Medication treatment for Opioid Use Disorder remains poorly understood such that few affected individuals ever receive these effective FDA-approved medications.

Providers need to know how treatment helps save lives and how they can identify and link patients to treatment.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for prescribers of controlled substances including physicians, nurse practitioners, and dentists and any other interested health care professionals.


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

  • Describe what an OUD is
  • Describe its prevalence and risk factors and the role of FDA-approved medication in its treatment
  • Explain the mechanisms of action for effective medication treatment of opioid use disorder


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 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. 1219-H1.5-UK19

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge

UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 1.25 hours of participation.

This online course meets regulatory requirements for 1.25 hours credit as permitted by 201 KAR 8:532 for dentists and 201 KAR 8:562 for dental hygienists.

Faculty Disclosure

Michelle Lofwall, MD, speaker, has relevant financial relationships with commercial interests as follows:

  • Researcher - NIH - Research Funding
  • Consultant - Titan - Consultant Fee

No planners or content reviewers 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.



This activity is jointly provided by the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

In collaboration with Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC).