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A Tough Pill to Swallow: Addressing the Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse 2016

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A Tough Pill to Swallow: Addressing the Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse

August 26, 2016


Millennium Centre, Johnson City, TN 37604


About this Conference:

This one-day live activity will include discussion of prescribing practices and chronic pain guidelines, evidence for the efficacy of pain medications, applying SBIRT techniques, and various prevention and harm reduction programs.  Attendees will become more familiar with the use of the Controlled Substances Monitoring Database, medically assisted treatment, the use of Naloxone, and the role of adverse childhood experiences on adult trauma and behavior.  This activity will include evidence-based didactic sessions as well as interactive breakout sessions in the afternoon.

***Meets TN Prescribing Practices Credit Requirements***


Click here to view the agenda.


To view handouts of each presentation from this event, click here

Target Audience:

Family medicine physicians, internal medicine physicians, OB/GYN physicians, pediatricians, emergency medicine physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, psychologists, medical students, nursing students, and addiction prevention specialists.

Overall Conference Objectives:

As a result of attending this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Apply best practices to prescribing practices for opioid analgesics and understand new policies and guidelines that are available
  • Assess what alternative methods to pain management might work for a patient
  • Evaluate patients for substance abuse and refer them to treatment
  • Understand different perspectives on substance abuse and treatment
  • Demonstrate understanding of Naloxone


Registrations may be accepted at the door if space allows. 


Millennium Centre, Johnson City, TN

2001 Millennium Pl. Johnson City, TN 37604

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Registration Fees





Quillen Medical Students/Resident


Non-Medical Prevention Specialists (CPS Certified), Community Members, and Substance Abuse Coalition Members



 A special extension of scholarships has been made available for the first 10 QCOM students who register for the conference.  For scholarship and group rate information, please call (423) 439-8027 for assistance.

Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees will be refunded, less a $50.00 administrative fee, for cancellations received in writing a minimum of 14 days prior to the activity date.  No refunds will be given when the registration fee is $50.00 or less, or when a cancellation request is received less than 14 days prior to the start of the activity.   

ETSU Quillen College of Medicine reserves the right to cancel CME activities.  If an activity is canceled then a full refund of registration fees paid will be given.  


Activity Director:

Jennifer Berven, Director, Insight Alliance

Accreditation and Designation:


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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University and the Northeast Tennessee Prevention Advisory Council. Quillen College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this live activity for a maximum of  7.0  AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM .   Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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CNE Credit: Up to 7.25 continuing nursing education contact hours and 5.00 pharmacology contact hours will be offered for this conference. East Tennessee State University College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The ETSU College of Nursing implements a $15 certificate fee per conference. This fee covers the following: cost for being a provider of nursing contact hours, supplies, and nursing education coordinators time for completing necessary paperwork for each conference, reports, study for renewal of being a provider, and attending meetings.  If you would like to claim Nursing Contact Hours, please click here.  Questions? Contact .


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Tennessee Pharmacists Consortium for Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This seminar will provide up to 7.0 hours of continuing education credits to pharmacists who attend the sessions and complete the online activities (activity evaluations and post-tests) required to claim credit. UAN: 0575-0000-16-099-L04-P.

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This project is funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.



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