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Provider's Role in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Provider’s Role in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder



Physicians, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA), Physician Assistants

We also offer this course specialized for Emergency Medicine prescribers.


One hour long, live and interactive training, continuing medical education credit available

Training overview

The Understanding the Opioid Epidemic trainings aim to help prescribers gain a better understanding of the strategies, barriers, and benefits of treating patients with opioid use disorder. Provider’s Role in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder provides an overview of how Maryland prescribers can play a critical role in providing treatment for opioid use disorder.

Medication-based treatment is an evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorders that includes the use of medications and psychosocial interventions. Medication combined with counseling has demonstrated greater efficacy than counseling alone in decreasing opioid use, increasing retention in treatment, and significantly decreasing the risk of overdose and death. Data shows that only about 30% of patients with opioid use disorder receive evidence-based treatment. Primary and specialty care prescribers can help increase access to life-saving treatment for opioid use disorder by obtaining their waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.

During this training, we will discuss basic concepts of addiction, the epidemiology of the opioid epidemic both nationally and locally, underlying causes that have precipitated and maintained this crisis and the available effective evidenced based treatments. The basis of the medical model of addiction will be explored. In addition, we will clarify the barriers that prevent individuals from receiving treatment and what the definition of recovery is. Lastly, we review current initiatives and innovations that are being proposed and utilized to combat the epidemic.

Learning objectives

  1. To understand the basic concepts of addiction
  2. To understand the current extent and severity of the opioid epidemic in the United States
  3. Describe the factors responsible for initiating and maintaining the crisis
  4. Outline available effective evidenced-based treatments and interventions for individuals with opioid use disorder

Interested in attending or bringing this training to your organization or region?

Visit our upcoming trainings page or contact for more information.

More about Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)

Already have your waiver to prescribe buprenorphine?

Get guidance on treating patients with opioid use disorder: Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: Prescriber’s Next Steps in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder.

The Maryland Addiction Consultation Service is administered by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and funded by the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration.