American Osteopathic Association

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Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

​New CME/CE Course on Rx Drug Misuse

With drug overdose deaths reaching epidemic proportions, and one in 20 teens experiencing a substance use (SU) disorder, now is the time to tackle the issue from all angles, including during all clinical visits with adolescents. To help clinicians do that, the Coalition of Health Care Providers on Adolescent Substance Use just released a continuing medical education (CME) course covering all aspects of discussing SU and prescription medication misuse with adolescent patients. 

The course, Research-Based Clinical Strategies to Prevent and Address Adolescent Substance Use and Prescription Medication Misuse—Being Part of the Solution, features brief videos of fellow clinicians offering helpful insights and strategies for identifying and addressing SU in teen patients. The course will be offered in two parts with the potential to earn up to one AOA Category 2-B CME credit.

Teens who receive early interventions for SU can achieve positive outcomes, and adolescents want clinicians to bring up sensitive issues like this one. Given that, physicians are in a prime position to have a positive impact on patients by addressing SU before it leads to addiction. Don’t wait—take this CME course today!


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