Current State of the Opioid Epidemic 2018

Milwaukee, WI US
June 20, 2018

Because opioid addiction is a national crisis with increasing numbers many patients enter the hospital system with addiction challenges.  APP staff needs to be aware of new medications patients might be on for opioid addiction treatment as well as resources for the patient who requires opioid addiction treatment.   

Historically patient care standards stressed assessing every patient for pain with the assumption that their pain was “whatever the patient said it was” and prescription pain medication was provided and dosed based on patient’s response in their verbalization of a pain scoreNow, as outlined above in letter d, there is an initiative to change pain assessment, provide interventions beyond the use of medication and focus on new prescribing guidelines for providers.  By introducing APP staff to these new standards as well as community resources and by sharing our collective experiences will enable all staff to provide improved patient care.

***Registration Starts 12:00 PM***

Target Audience

Advanced practice providers in the ambulatory and inpatient environments who care for patient’s needing treatment of their acute, chronic and cancer pain. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the significance of the opioid and heroin crisis in Wisconsin
  2. Describe the pathophysiology of opioid addiction and pharmacologic treatment modalities
  3. Verbalize available community resources for the addicted person
  4. Identify current best practices for treating acute and chronic pain using alternatives to opioids
  5. Recognize the unique needs of the opioid addicted person in the acute care setting
Additional information
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 4.00 NP Contact Hours
  • 3.50 NP Pharmacology
    NP Pharmacology credit.
  • 4.00 PA
    PA credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/20/2018 - 12:00pm
Event ends: 
06/20/2018 - 5:00pm

APP Symposium – Agenda

12:00 to 12:30 - Registration

12:30 to 12:35 – Welcome – Lori Sadowski, APNP

12:30 to 1:30 – Dr. Mary-Anne Kowol – Opioid Addiction: Pathophysiology & Treatment

1:30 to 2:00 – Dr. Brooke Lerner – Opioid & Heroin addiction statistics for Milwaukee County

2:00 to 2:30 – Ryan Feldman, PharmD – State of Wisconsin Narcan Law & Use in the Community

2:30 to 2:45 – Break

2:45 to 3:45 – Dr. Sarah Endrizzi, Non-Opioid Management of Acute & Chronic Pain

3:45 to 4:15 – Dr. Renee Foutz - Medical Marijuana in the Cancer Patient/Co-Speaker - Tracy Kersten APNP

4:15 to 4:45 – Panel Discussion 

            Ryan Feldman, PharmD, BCPS – Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist

            Amy Rankin Mager, PA-C, MPAS – Froedtert Sickle Cell Disease Clinic

            Mark Naumann, Assistant Director of Pharmacy and Drug Diversion Team

            Danielle Basil Long, Opioid Initiatives Advisor, WI Department of Justice

Froedtert Hospital
9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Helfaer Auditorium
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States

Planning Committee:

Lori Sadowski, APNP

Ann Carlin, APNP

Soryda Mercado, CNS

Jennifer McMahon, APNP

Julie Leuck, APNP

Yee Lan Wong, PA-C

Anthony Schock, PA-C

Kaitlin Wollack, PA-C

Svetlana Zaharova, APNP

Tracy Kersten, APNP

Christina Jensen, APNP

Ryan Feldman, PharmD


Program Presenters:

Dr. Mary-Anne Kowol, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Brooke Lerner, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Ryan Feldman, PharmD, BCPS, Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Dr. Sarah Endrizzi, Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. Renee Foutz, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine/Division of hematology and Oncology

Tracy Kersten, APNP, Department of Medicine/Division of Hematology and Oncology

No one in control of content has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

AAPA: This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 4.00 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA's CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

AANP: Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc. is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: AANP Provider Number 150930.  This program has been approved for 4.0 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 3.5 hours of pharmacology). Learners should claim credit only for the portion of the program they attended and successfully completed.

Available Credit

  • 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 4.00 NP Contact Hours
  • 3.50 NP Pharmacology
    NP Pharmacology credit.
  • 4.00 PA
    PA credit.

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