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. 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, participants should be 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