Regional Conference Atlanta

Atlanta, GA | October 31-November 1, 2017

Cobb Galleria Centre

SAFE Opioid Prescribing - Part 1


This SAFE Opioid Prescribing session is designed to help you understand that evaluation is essential for safe and effective pain management when using ER/LA opioids. Faculty will provide you with best practices for how to start therapy with ER/LA opioids, how to stop, and what to do in between. The faculty will also provide you with evidence-based tools for screening for patients at risk and monitoring for adherence to prescribed ER/LA opioids. This educational activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics REMS education requirements issued by the US Food & Drug Administration.

Learning Objectives

Implement patient assessment strategies, including tools to assess risk of abuse, misuse, or addiction when prescribing extended-release (ER/LA) opioids

Employ approaches to safely initiate therapy, modify dose, and discontinue ER/LA opioids

Monitor patients by evaluating treatment goals and implementing periodic urine drug testing (UDT)

Employ patient education strategies about the safe use of ER/LA opioids

Identify similarities and differences among ER/LA opioids


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Charles E. Argoff, MD, FABPM

Dr Argoff is Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College and Director of the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany Medical Center in New York. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the International Association for the Study of Pain...

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Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, CMD, FACOFP

DR GALLUZZI is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatrics and Director of Comprehensive Care at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania. Dr Galluzzi received her medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteop...

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Oscar A. de Leon-Casasola, MD

Dr. de Leon-Casasola is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management (ASRA) where he currently serves as President, and has served as the Chair of the Scientific Committee for that Society’s pa...

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Educational Partners

Miller Medical Communications, LLC

Commercial Supporters

REMS Program Companies