Harm Reduction and Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

What if we treated opioid use disorder like we treat other chronic disease? By treating the whole person and actively reducing stigma, medical providers are better equipped to help patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) achieve recovery and lead productive lives.

This course, in its entirety, will take an estimated 51 minutes to complete.

Transcript available upon request. 

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,000,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Target Audience

  • Hospital and clinic providers
  • Hospital and clinic nursing and care coordination staff
  • Pharmacists
  • Emergency department staff

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the relationship between opioid use disorder (OUD) and harm reduction with medication assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Identify and address stigma by the public and health providers
  • Describe the medications used in MAT
  • Recognize the importance of psychosocial support in the treatment of the “whole” person with substance use disorders
  • Review the basic guidelines for managing patients who are on MAT in various medical settings (Primary Care, Hospitalized, OTP)
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Frank Filippelli, DO, PhD

Dr. Frank Filippelli serves as the medical director for UCS Healthcare where he oversees the nonprofit’s medical clinic and its MAT program. He works closely with patients and his team to develop individual treatment plans for addictions to opiates, alcohol and other drugs. He also serves as the medical director at Prelude Behavioral Services and Newton Correctional Facility. Dr. Filippelli completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Iowa after completing his undergraduate work there. He was a professor of medicinal chemistry in the pharmacy program at Drake University for eight years. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University and completed an internship and residency in family medicine with the University of Iowa. Dr. Filipelli is a frequent speaker on the topic of MAT and integrated care for co-occurring disorders and routinely hosts residents and students on rotations. Working with persons in recovery gives him the opportunity to positively impact lives. He believes MAT not only helps with the physical symptoms of withdrawal and cravings but allows the person to function more fully in daily life and focus on the emotional and interpersonal aspects of recovery.


Misty Angrick, MPA, LPN, IADC

Misty Angrick took her nursing career and passion for behavioral health care and pursued opportunities to expand access to care for patients across the state of Iowa. As the Medical Services Director at UCS Healthcare, she has led the charge expanding MAT units from one to 14 locations. UCS Healthcare medication units are embedded within certified OUD treatment centers in Iowa where patients receive medication from UCS and therapy from the treatment partner. Recently she became a CARF certified accreditation surveyor and will travel the country assisting agencies to attain and maintain CARF standardization. She is a sought-after speaker and frequently called on to share her expertise by other agencies, government partners and medical industry operations professionals. Misty holds a Bachelor of Science in human services degree from Upper Iowa University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University. She is a certified International Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IADC) and holds associate degrees in human services and as a licensed practical nurse.

No continuing education is provided for this course. The user will receive a certificate of completion upon completing the course.

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