The Opioid Epidemic in America: A Critical Look at the Challenges of Opioid Use Disorder in the Modern age.

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Presenter:Eric S. Bornstein, DMD


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The newest OUD wave (1995-2020) encompassing the current deadly Fentanyl crisis, has caused nearly 1 million American deaths from drug overdose in the last 25 years. Even with this appalling and continuing history, almost overnight, things got much worse. Suddenly, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans suffering from OUD and opioid addiction had to deal with the additional problems of personal isolation, social distancing, interrupted addiction support, and decreased availability of Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT).

This webinar will discuss the history of the opioid epidemic along with newest Opioid Treatment Program Guidance from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and newly evolving Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and MAT policy changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional examples will be given as to how opioid addiction increases vulnerability to COVID-19 pneumonia, CNS depression, poor nutrition and secondary infections. Finally, Dr. Bornstein will identify "red flags" and warning signs to look for that may cause regression a patient’s progress because of the COVID-19 pandemic issues facing all Americans.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the demographics of the opioid epidemic in America
  • Explain how the response to COVID-19 is exacerbating the opioid crisis in America
  • Outline the effects of opioid addiction on pulmonary and immune function.
  • Describe medication assisted therapy for opioid use disorder
  • Explain why excessive and prolonged isolation and social distancing is compromising patients suffering from anxiety, depression, and addiction.
  • Describe new guidelines for prescribing Methadone, Buprenorphine, & Naloxone.
  • Describe major changes in SAMHSA guidelines related to COVID-19.

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