The opioid crisis is here: Addiction management in the primary care setting

On-Demand Webinar   |   Jan. 25, 2018


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Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Fair Haven Community Health Care, New Haven, CT


Associate Director, Project ECHO; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of New Mexico


Dr. Olson: A native of Boston, Dr. Olson graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine/primary care at Yale. He is board certified in both internal medicine and addiction medicine. Dr. Olson is responsible for clinical integration among medical, behavioral health, addiction medicine and dental programs at FHCHC.

Since being an intern for Senator Edward Kennedy as a college student, he has had a firm commitment to health equity and eliminating health disparities. He works to create and improve clinical-community partnerships that positively impact all patients and staff. He is active in health reform and advocacy, serving on the State of CT Practice Transformation Task Force and also on the State of CT Medical Examining Board.

Dr. Komaromy: Dr. Miriam Komaromy is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of Project ECHO. She oversees ECHO’s Integrated Addictions and Psychiatry programs, Complex Care program, and Community Health Worker programs. Until 2012, Dr. Komaromy served as the Medical Director for Turquoise Lodge Hospital, an addiction treatment hospital funded by the State of New Mexico. She is a board certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine, and was trained at UCSF, where she also served on the faculty for a number of years. Dr. Komaromy is President-elect of the NM Society of Addiction Medicine, and serves on the national Medical Education Council of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She speaks nationally on the ECHO model and on issues related to addiction policy and treatment. She practices outpatient addiction medicine.

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The current epidemic of prescription opioid overdose and deaths has been described as the most significant iatrogenic epidemic in the recent history of medicine in the United States. Drug overdose deaths in 2016 exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States. The numbers of patients taking a prescription opioid medication for long-term chronic pain has placed an enormous burden on primary care, as the majority of opioid prescriptions are written in primary care. This burden contributes to burnout and stress in primary care settings, for both clinicians and their support teams, who constantly struggle as they balance risks and the potential for abuse and diversion with empathy for those suffering from chronic pain. Hence, the responsibility of addressing prescription opioid overuse within the United States has fallen disproportionately on the primary care clinic setting. In this lecture, we will review strategies for addressing the opioid epidemic in primary care, using a team-based, multi-modal approach.


This lecture will be conducted as a one-hour live webinar. Registration is free. Participants will submit a survey at the end of the session to claim CME credit.


  • J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP

  • Anna Potapov, MD, MPH, MBA

  • Marc E. Walker, MD, MBA

  • Pooja Mittal, DO



By the end of the event, participants should:

  1. Understand the impact of the opioid crisis on communities across the United States.

  2. Understand advances in primary care focused chronic pain management and addiction treatment for opioid addicted patients.

  3. Understand multiple modalities for empowering primary care clinicians to effectively manage chronic pain and opioid addiction, such as team-based care, clinic protocols, Project Echo, and inter-professional collaborations


This Live series activity, Optimizing Management of Common Specialty Conditions in the Primary Care Setting, from 07/01/2017 - 07/01/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Each webinar in the series is approved for 1.0 AAFP Prescribed credits unless otherwise noted. 

AMA/AAFP Equivalency: AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1. 

This Live series activity is eligible for Continuing Education credit from the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Physician Assistants (PAs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) may claim AMA PRA Category 1 equivalent credits per webinar based on their participation.