Select any or all of the 5 online self-paced modules available via your computer or mobile device. Modules are available until September 1, 2024.

opioiduseThese activities are targeted to those interested in best practices for opioid prescribing and management and opioid use disorder, including physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, behavioral health and addiction medicine specialists, and social service professionals.

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Northwest AHEC provides compassionate education and respectful care for all, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability and age.


To learn more about each session or to register for individual lectures, please click the links below:

MOUD (Medication for Opioid Use Disorder): The Evidence is Compelling!
Eric Morse, MD, DFAPA

This course reviews the differences between Opioid Treatment Programs and Office-Based Opioid Therapy, the impact the opioid epidemic and COVID have had on treatment guidelines, and the strength of evidence behind treatment of the chronic condition that is opioid use disorder.

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Upon completion of the activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Differentiate between MOUD (Medication for Opioid Use Disorder) and OBOT (Office-Based Opioid Therapy)
  • List current pharmacologic options for management of opioid use disorder
  • Appreciate the strength of evidence supporting MOUD such that not offering it borders on malpractice

New Strategies to Reduce Barriers to Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment
Corey Richardson, DHSc, MBA

With a focus on what defines and frames low barrier care, this course reviews the spectrum of opioid use disorder treatment, from harm reduction, low barrier care, to comprehensive integrated care.

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Upon completion of the activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Define Low Barrier Care
  • Appreciate current challenges to delivering addiction treatment
  • Describe the principles of low barrier opioid use disorder (OUD) care
  • Recognize a framework for best practices in OUD care
  • Summarize the key components of low barrier OUD care

New Strategies to Improve Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment Planning

Corey Richardson, DHSc, MBA

Strategies to improve OUD (opioid use disorder) treatment planning are discussed. Review of the overall role and scope of the Peer Support Specialist (PSS) and strategies to minimize and address diversion are highlighted.

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Upon completion of the activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Describe the peer support specialist and the work they do
  • Appreciate the current need for peer support specialists
  • Identify areas where peer support specialists add value
  • Describe best practices for peer support specialists
  • Recognize the most common types of drug diversion
  • Describe the ways members of health care professions may be involved in diversion
  • Explain practices and principles that can reduce the diversion of prescription drugs
  • Describe the ways stigma can play a role in recognizing and intervening when diversion is suspected

Understanding and Addressing Opioid and Substance use Among American Indians in North Carolina
Ronny Bell, PhD, MS

Extensive data is presented on the North Carolina American Indian population and the impact opioid use disorder has had on that population. Collaborative initiatives within North Carolina are highlighted.

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Upon completion of the activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Recognize the impact that the opioid crisis has had on AI populations as compared to other race/ethnicities
  • Describe examples of North Carolina American Indian Collaborations

Barriers to Care: Stigma in Opioid/Substance Use Disorder
Troy Manns, NCCPSS

This course reviews the impact of stigma on those with opioid / substance use disorder, and provides the learner with resources to reflect on their own biases and ways to begin to overcome them.

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Upon completion of the activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Discuss stigma and identify ways to address it
  • Examine the impact different communication behaviors may have on your client/patient with opioid use disorder



Each single module is approved for the following credits:

  • 1.0 Contact Hours from Northwest AHEC
  • 1.0 Nursing Contact Hours
    Northwest Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • This program will provide 1.0 contact hour of (Category A) continuing education for North Carolina psychologists. No partial credit
    will be given.
  • NC AHEC is a 2022 NASW-NC approved provider of distance continuing education. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.
  • Application has been submitted for 1.0 contact hours of Substance Abuse Specific credit from the North Carolina Addictions
    Specialist Professional Practice Board.
  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • Credit: Wake Forest University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Accreditation: Wake Forest University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • NBCC_logo1.0 NBCC Contact Hour.
    Northwest AHEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5465. Programs
    that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Northwest AHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
    Provided by: Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a program of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a part of the North Carolina AHEC System.

Cost and Registration

$ 10 — Registration fee for a single module.
Participants may view any or all of the 5 modules. Participants do not need to view all 5 modules to receive credit.

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For More Information and Assistance
If you have questions about registering for this activity or need auxiliary aids or special services to attend, please contact Amanda Pearson by calling 336-713-7715 or emailing




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