Opioid Use Disorder & Medication Assisted Therapy

Crash Course in Medication for Addiction Treatment: Using Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorders

Target Audience


Advanced Practice Clinicians


Learning Objectives

  • Understand and be able to describe different types of pain and factors that contribute to and exacerbate pain.
  • Optimize evidence based non-pharmacological and non-opioid chronic pain management for patients with chronic pain.
  • Improve use of clinical communication tools around chronic opioid therapy such as controlled substance agreements, informed consent and communication of specific risk.
  • Implement evidence based opioid stewardship practices including screening and monitoring for unintended medication harms and be able to optimize medication safety.
  • Be able to recognize overdose risks and unsafe medication combinations. Be able to counsel on overdose prevention and optimize provision of naloxone for patients on chronic opioid therapy.
  • Be able to recognize opioid use disorders and be knowledgeable on treatment with buprenorphine and Medications for Addiction Treatment.
  • Improve interpersonal communication skills for patient communication including skills such as motivational interviewing and de-escalation.
  • Effectively document and communicate treatment plans to patients and in the medical record.
Course summary
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This is an optional webinar for the Compass Opioid Stewardship Certificate Program.  

Joshua Blum, MD

Dr. Blum is the Program Manager of the Denver Health HIV Primary Care Clinic, a Ryan White-funded
clinic serving low income clients living with HIV/AIDS. He also provides HIV and general primary care to
patients in the Denver City and County jails, and medication-assisted treatment to patients with opioid
use disorders in Denver Health’s outpatient behavioral health services department.

He established and served as the first physician manager of the Intensive Outpatient Clinic, a high
intensity primary care clinic aimed at caring for Denver Health’s sickest and highest-utilizing patients. Dr.
Blum is an institutional quality officer and leads initiatives on pain and opioid management at Denver
Health, and currently oversees a federal grant for expanding medication-assisted treatment in the
Denver Health primary care clinics. He is the co-chair of the Provider Education Workgroup at the
Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.

As a general internist caring for high-risk populations, his interests include the diagnosis and treatment
of HIV and Hepatitis C, chronic pain syndromes, opioid management, mental health, and substance
abuse. He is a frequent speaker on pain management, opioids, and substance abuse.

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