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  • Adolescent Prescription Drug Misuse

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    Department of Health
    Auditorium, Lower Level
    3 Capitol Hill
    Providence, RI 02908

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    Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    4 - 6:00 p.m.

    4 - 5:00 p.m.

    Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

    Speaker: John Femino, MD, FASAM, MRO, Medical Director/President, Meadows Edge Recovery Center, North Kingstown, Rhode Island

    This presentation reviews how pharmaceutical drugs have become the number one drug of abuse among adolescents and young adults and represent the largest public health epidemic in the last century. Why they are so attractive, rewarding and deadly will be discussed from neurobiological and genetic bases. Treatment approaches from a public health prevention, identification and treatment perspective are discussed and categorized by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) dimensions of care.

    Use of narcan, buprenorphine, naltrexone and other anti-relapse drugs will be explained based upon the treatment strategies of overdose prevention, withdrawal management, pain relief and anti-craving indications.

    Learning Objectives:

    At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

    • Discuss prevalence of chronic pain in adolescents and adults
    • Recognize genetic vulnerability and risk for addiction
    • Develop public health strategies for prevention, identification and treatment of prescription drug dependence

    5 - 6:00 p.m.

    Perspectives from the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline: Responsible Prescribing of Controlled Substances

    Speaker: James V. McDonald MD,MP, Chief Administrative Officer, Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, State of Rhode Island Department of Health

    Prescription drug abuse and misuse is perhaps the most vexing epidemic of our times. This presentation will address this insidious yet pervasive epidemic as well as the epidemiology of prescription drug abuse/misuse in Rhode Island. Diversion, morbidity and mortality from overutilization of prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, will be discussed.

    Expectations of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline will be discussed as well as practical resources to help you prescribe safely and responsibly.

    Learning Objectives

    At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

    • Describe epidemiology of controlled substance use in Rhode Island
    • Discuss morbidity and mortality from inappropriate controlled substance use
    • Discuss Best practices for prescribing controlled substances


    • Target audience: Psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
    • Instructional Level: Intermediate
    • 2 CE Hours/Credits (see below)
    • Beverages and light snacks will be offered


    • Program fee: Free
    • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-432-1106.
    • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Anthony DaSilva at 401-432-1106 

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society through the joint sponsorship of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage and family therapists. This continuing nursing education activity is pending approval for 1.5 contact hours through the Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s commission on accreditation. To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.