DC Community of Practice: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

The DC Community of Practice is a program designed for both clinical and non-clinical providers to share best practices and collaboratively address the holistic health needs of individuals with opioid use disorders. Each session consists of a knowledge and skills building component led by expert faculty, followed by a group discussion and resource exchange.

Join us on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 12:00pm EDT for the next DC Community of Practice session. The training will discuss several different aspects of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for treating opioid use disorder (OUD) and will equip providers with strategies for explaining different treatment options to patients.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe disparities in utilization of medications for OUD.
  • Provide effective strategies for counseling patients on the pharmacologic differences between methadone (MET) and buprenorphine (BUP).
  • Provide effective strategies for counseling patients on the practicalities of participating in office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) vs. an opioid treatment program (OTP).
  • Discuss methods for facilitating transitions of care between OBOT offices and OTPs.

Opioid Use Disorder In Skilled Nursing Facilities


In 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, drug overdoses rose nearly 30 percent and deaths from overdose rose to more than 93,000 – the most ever recorded in a single year. The opioid epidemic is devastating communities across the country, and health care access points, like skilled nursing facilities, can have a profound impact on mitigating the effects of this epidemic. Whether by practices such as identifying key prescribing practices, understanding the complexities of the Opioid epidemic, or understanding considerations for treating OUD, these provider-patient relationships and interactions are key opportunities for addressing these disturbing trends.

Join us on Thursday July 29 from 1-2 EST as Dr. Richard Juman explains why skilled nursing facilities are uniquely positioned to combat the opioid epidemic through re-thinking prescribing practices, identifying opportunities for medication assisted treatment, and other strategies to help to curb this worsening epidemic.

Learning Objectives: 

– Understand the origins and complexities of the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

– Identify key prescribing practices to reduce opioid overdose

– List at least three elements of the DSM-5 Criteria for Opioid Use Disorder

– Discuss considerations for treating Opioid Use Disorder in Skilled Nursing Facilities

– Recognize potential effects of Medication Assisted Treatment in Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid Learning Institute Focus Group Invitation

The Opioid Learning Institute is currently recruiting individuals aged 18 and older for a focus group of community members who have lived experience with opioid use, who have opioid use disorder (OUD) and have accessed syringe service programs (SSPs) or substance use treatment services, or who are interested in accessing services.

This DC IRB approved (IRBPH # 2020-4) focus group will be held online (virtually and not in person) on September 29,2020 from 6:00-8:00 via a Zoom Meeting and is completely voluntary. It will take about two hours to complete. Participants will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, issued digitally.

Participants will need to provide an email address, have access to Zoom Meeting via a computer, tablet or phone, and will need to attend the entire focus group to qualify for the gift card.

National Council for Behavioral Health: Responding to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic Webinar

Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions on Wednesday, July 29, from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar entitled, Responding to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic. Our experts will also present perspectives on the opioid overdose epidemic, related rises in stimulant overdoses and share strategies that address overdose prevention, saving lives, and initiating recovery.

SYNChronicity 2020

SYNChronicity 2020 will convene as a virtual conference with dynamic content, speakers, and sessions. SYNChronicity brings together medical professionals, service providers, government officials, and health advocates on HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBTQ health in the changing and dynamic health care landscape, with a focus on underserved racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ communities.

AAPM 2020: Innovation & Technology in Pain Medicine

Join AAPM for the must-attend pain medicine meeting of the year for all clinicians treating patients in pain. Learn from leading experts in the field, network, and hear about the latest scientific and technical advancements in pain. annualmeeting.painmed.org

3rd Annual Opioid Management Summit

Clinical leaders at hospitals and health systems across the country are implementing system-wide initiatives to address the opioid epidemic.

Eager to share what’s working, and what’s not, these leaders are gathering this February to discuss organizational policies, protocols, and programs being deployed, opportunities for more effective use of PDMPs and data analytics to monitor patient and prescriber behaviors, partnerships being formed with stakeholders across the care continuum and community, alternative pain management therapies becoming available, and treatment options and recovery efforts that are working to address opioid dependence and Opioid Use Disorder.

Substance Use Disorders: A Comprehensive Review and Update 2020

Attend this conference on substance use disorders to hear the latest research and find guidance that enhances your care for patients.

Substance use disorders are complex and have a huge impact on patients, families and communities. They challenge even experienced health care professionals to stay current with evolving guidelines. And they are seen and treated across all professions, disciplines and practice settings. This includes primary care, psychiatry, social work, psychology, family practice, nursing and more.

That’s why our agenda focuses on a broad update across the spectrum of substance use disorders. Sessions cover everything from neuroscience and developmental perspectives all the way through recovery-oriented systems of care. Our faculty share their experience as both clinical caregivers and research experts. They make time to answer questions and help you find solutions for complex conditions.