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Essentials: Prescribing Naloxone to Patients for Overdose Reversal
This lecture is designed to provide the learner with brief history of the events in the late 1990s that resulted in today's opioid epidemic, discuss the epidemiology of opioid overdose and the neurobiology of overdose. Risk factors for overdose, the use of naloxone for overdose, and state laws regarding prescribing naloxone will be discussed.
Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to: 

  • Discuss how the opioid prescribing epidemic is associated with the overdose epidemic
  • Discuss opioid overdose risk factors
  • Describe the basic pharmacology of naloxone
  • Describe studies demonstrating the efficacy of naloxone in bystander overdose
  • Name the four different forms of naloxone available for bystander reversal of overdose and discuss to prescribe it
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Julie Kmiec, DO, FAOAAM
AOAAM Past President

Julie Kmiec, DO, graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She completed her general psychiatry residency training and addiction psychiatry fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) in Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is board certified in general and addiction psychiatry. Dr. Kmiec is the Medical Director of the Ambulatory Detoxification Program and Bridge Clinic, as well as the Narcotic Addiction Treatment Program.
Her clinical interests include treatment of drug and alcohol withdrawal, prevention of overdose, and pharmacotherapy for the treatment of addictions. Dr. Kmiec’s research involves training healthcare professionals on the implementation of medications for opioid use disorder. She is the Immediate Past President of the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine. 
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Dec 31, 2024
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Non-Member: $35.00
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Credit Offered:
1 AOA Category 1A Credit
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