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Pharmacologic Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

  • 05 Jun 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Virtual


  • Participants will receive 1 CE credit.
  • This webinar is discounted for DCPA students. Please use your student email to register. Continuing education credits are not issued under this category.
  • Continuing education credits are not issued under this category.
  • Registrants will receive 1 continuing education credit.
  • Please use your student email to register. Continuing education credits are not issued under this category.

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Over 80,000 persons in the US died from an opioid overdose in 2021, reflecting a dramatic increase from 68,630 deaths in 2020. There are effective medications to treat OUD, but they are highly underutilized. The presenters will discuss the pharmacology of buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone, the benefits and risks of these treatment options, and the ramifications of the recent removal of the X-waiver. A pain management expert will illustrate the use of these medications with two case studies.

Learning Objectives:

1.      Review the pharmacologic basics, advantages, and disadvantages of methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, and adjunct therapies in the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD)

2.      Discuss recent health policy trends regarding the pharmacologic treatment of OUD.

3.      Illustrate pharmacologic OUD treatment options through real-world case study presentations.


 Dr. Janet Selway, DNSc, CRNP, FAANP, a certified adult-gerontology and pediatric primary care nurse practitioner, is an associate professor and specialty director for the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She earned the Doctor of Nursing Science degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Dr. Selway has held nursing faculty positions at several universities over the past 30 years most recently as a tenured associate professor and associate dean for the MSN programs at the Catholic University of America Conway School of Nursing, where she worked on several grants. She currently practices at a grant-funded nurse-led clinic in W. Baltimore. Dr. Selway is a past president of state and national NP associations, serves as the current Vice Chair/Treasurer of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Political Action Committee, and is an active member of the legislative committee of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland. In 2014, the AANP inducted her as a Fellow.

Margie Koehler, MS, CRNP, a certified adult and geriatric nurse practitioner, has extensive clinical experience in chronic pain management within the VA Maryland Health Care System. As the clinical coordinator for the chronic pain service, Ms. Koehler partnered with psychiatrists whose specialty included the evaluation and management of opiate use and mood disorders. More recently, Ms. Koehler proceeded to develop a pain practice, which included the initiation and management of partial-agonist therapy for veterans with chronic pain and possible OUD. Her goal is to develop a best practice model for veterans with this comorbidity. After twenty-one years as a clinical coordinator for chronic pain, Ms. Koehler acquired the position of the VA Maryland Pain Management, Opiate Safety, and PDMP Coordinator for VA Maryland; she was deemed the VA Maryland Pain Point-of-Contact in late 2022. She is a past president of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland and has served on numerous state and national committees for legislative advocacy and as a practice consultant for nurse practitioners in both dependent and independent practices nationwide.



Removal of DATA waiver (X waiver) requirement.


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