Extending the Practice Environment for Treating Patients with Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorder
This episode of the PA Foundation’s Vital Minds podcast series examines issues and barriers related to patient access to alcohol and opioid use disorder therapies.

Extending the Practice Environment for Treating Patients with Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorder

James Millward, PA-C; Christopher Ortiz, PA-C, EMT-P; Joshua D. Lee, MD, MSc

This episode of the PA Foundation’s Vital Minds podcast series examines issues and barriers related to patient access to alcohol and opioid use disorder therapies. The featured expert is Christopher Ortiz, PA-C, who practices at Column Health in Arlington, MA. The episode will explore tools for assessing patients diagnosed with opioid and alcohol use disorder, review alternative treatments, and describe patient indications for extended-release naltrexone and the process of assessing patient readiness for that treatment. 

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the PA should be better able to:
  • Identify the issues related to patient access to alcohol and opioid use disorder therapy
  • Describe patient indications for XR-naltrexone
  • Identify the tools available for assessing patients diagnosed with:
  • a. Opioid use disorder
    b. Alcohol use disorder
  • Review alternative treatments available to patients with opioid and alcohol use disorders
  • Describe the process to assess patient readiness for XR-naltrexone
  • Review the XR-naltrexone treatment process, including duration of treatment

Accreditation Statement


This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 0.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Approval is valid through July 31, 2019.

Disclosure Policy Statement

It is the policy of AAPA to require the disclosure of the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship a faculty member has with the commercial interest of any commercial product discussed in an educational presentation. The participating faculty reported the following:

James Millward, PA-C
Indiana University Health, Cardiovascular Surgery
Indianapolis, IN
No commercial relationships to disclose

Christopher Ortiz, PA-C, EMT-P
Column Health
Arlington, MA
No commercial relationships to disclose

Joshua D. Lee, MD, MSc
NYU School of Medicine
New York, NY
No commercial relationships to disclose

Disclaimer

The opinions and comments expressed by faculty and other experts, whose input is included in this program, are their own. This enduring material is produced for educational purposes only. Please review complete prescribing information of specific drugs mentioned in this program including indications, contraindications, warnings, and adverse effects and dosage before administering to patients.

Acknowledgement of Commercial Support

Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Clinical Trials Network Dissemination Initiative.

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