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Quillen College of Medicine

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

Tough pill 2015

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

September 12, 2015


Millennium Centre, Johnson City, TN 37604

About this Conference:

This one-day live activity will include discussion of prescribing guidelines, the repeal of the Intractable Pain Act and what that means for prescribers, drug seeking behaviors in patients, and various prevention and harm reduction programs.  Attendees will also become more familiar with the use of the Controlled Substances Monitoring Database.  This event will also provide the participant with valuable resources for understanding and treating addiction, including SBIRT techniques and an overview of treatment and recovery programs available in Tennessee.

***Meets TN Prescribing Practices Requirement***


Click here to view the agenda.


Handouts will be available electronically as presenters submit them. 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 and Nursing Students, and Addiction Prevention Specialists.

Overall Conference Objectives:

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

  • Apply best prescribing practices for opioid analgesics and understand new policies and legislation affecting those practices
  • Evaluate patients for risk of opioid medication abuse, diversion and overdose 
  • Explain options for Voluntary Reversible Long Acting Contraception available to women of childbearing age who are taking opioid analgesics
  • Employ methods to counsel patients and caregivers about the safe use of ER/LA opioid analgesics, including proper storage and disposal
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the disease of addiction and identify treatment and recovery resources for patients


2001 Millennium Place, Johnson City, TN 37604




Early Registration Discounted Fees

until August 20, 2015

Registration Fees

August 21th and after










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





A special extension of scholarships has been made available for the first 15 medical or nursing students who register for the conference.


Registration is closed online, but check or card will be taken at the door.

Activity Director:

Jennifer Berven, Director, Insight Alliance




ACCME Accreditation:  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.


CME Credit:  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.


CNE Credit:  Up to 7.0 continuing nursing education contact hours 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 approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 

This educational event has been approved for up to 1.5 credit hours of Pharmacology nursing CE.

*As of January 1, 2015, the ETSU College of Nursing implemented a $15 Nursing Contact Hour Fee for all conferences.  If you would like to claim Nursing Contact Hours, please click here to pay the fee directly. If you have any questions, please email .


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 6.75 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: 0575-0000-15-042-L04-P.


APA: This activity is being co-sponsored by Frontier Health and the Office of Continuing Medical Education for 7.0 CEs.  Full attendance is required to receive CEs.  Frontier Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Frontier Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Joint Providership: 
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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