This webinar was one of five one-hour webinars that were offered at no cost to physicians by the MGH Psychiatry Academy. This webinar will review the epidemiology, evaluation, and treatment of opioid addicted patients from a primary care perspective. This activity, eligible for Category 2 CME credit, was designed to meet the criteria for risk management study in Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine (BRM) CME requirements for effective pain management and end-of-life care.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review the diagnostic criteria and the behavioral-neurological adaptation process associated with opioid addiction.
  • Discuss the socio-economic and health impacts of the opioid epidemic.
  • Identify the three major treatment paradigms for opioid addiction.

Target Audience

This educational activity is intended for every physician in the state of Massachusetts who holds an active license to practice medicine.


  • Primary care physician, Charlestown HealthCare Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

CME Information

This program is not accredited.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. CME credit is not being offered for this activity.

Credit Designation:

Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 13, 10 and M.G.L. c. 112, 2, this activity has been designed to provide Category 2 continuing education credit to meet state requirements for end-of-life care. Even though this event is not accredited forAMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMproviding information regarding planning, disclosure, and conflict of interest is important to us.

Faculty Disclosure Statement

In accord with the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), planners, speakers and anyone who may have an influence on the content of the activity have been asked to disclose any relationship they or their spouse/partner have to companies producing pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, devices, etc. that may be germane to the content of their presentation. Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias, but provides participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given presentation.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest (COI)

The MGH Academy has implemented a process to resolve potential COIs for this CME activity to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public.

Planner Disclosures

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:
John A. Fromson, MD
Tristan Gorrindo, MD
Vicki A. Jackson, MD, MPH

Speaker Disclosures

The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest:
James Morrill, MD, PhD

Hardware/Software Specifications

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration

Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC:
500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit