PCSS-O: Free Online Module, Treating Addicted Health Care Professionals

Prescribers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) is a three year grant funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). It is a collaborative project led by American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) with: American Dental Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM), American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), and International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA). These organizations are providing training and education on the safe and effective prescribing of opioid medications in the treatment of pain and/or opioid addiction.

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Treating Addicted Health Care Professionals

By: Penelope P. Ziegler, M.D., Medical Director, Virginia Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University

Module Description: Impairment in physicians and other healthcare professionals due to substance abuse is not infrequent and rates approximate those of the general public. This module discusses risk factors for addiction in healthcare professionals, how to undertake treatment including consideration of pharmacotherapies, prognosis, special concerns in treating healthcare professionals, and monitoring of impaired health professionals.

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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Prescribers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (1H79TI023439) from SAMHSA.The views expressed in written conference materials or publications andby speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the officialpolicies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.