The problem of abuse and addiction to opioids has emerged as a major issue in the United States, leading to new Opioid Prescribing Guidelines from the CDC as well as the enactment of new opioid prescribing laws. For many seasoned clinicians, we are witnessing a cycle from opiophobia, to greater acceptance of opioids, back to opiophobia. Despite exceptions for hospice and palliative patients, the combination of new laws and publicity about the dangers of opioids is making it harder to prescribe opioids, access opioids, and convince our patients that they are safe to use.
Terri Maxwell, PhD, APRN, is Chief Clinical Officer of Turn-Key Health, a division of Enclara Pharmacia. A frequent presenter at state and national meetings, Terri is a well-published author on a range of palliative care topics. She obtained her BSN from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters Degree and PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Disclosure: Terri Maxwell, PhD, APRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Michelle Smith, PharmD, BCPS, CPE
Michelle has practiced as a clinical pharmacist in hospice pharmacy for the past 13 years and has experience in hospital and community pharmacy and medical writing. She earned her doctor of pharmacy degree at the University of Wyoming and completed a 1-year post-graduate pharmacy practice residency program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Michelle maintains certification as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and in Certified Pain Education (CPE). Disclosure: Michelle Smith, PharmD, BCPS, CPE has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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