Complexities of Medication Toxicity: Diffusing Extreme Opiate and Sedative Dependency In Medically Unstable Patients (.75 CME)

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(.75 CME) In this conference recording from the 2018 Pain & Addiction: Common Threads Course, you will learn how to safely treat medically complex patients on extremely high doses of opioids or sedatives. This practical, case-based session will discuss: identifying treatment priorities, addressing medical and psychiatric issues, and creating a biopsychosocial treatment approach.

William Jacobs


William S. Jacobs, M.D, Associate Professor, Medical College of Georgia. is a national clinical expert, triple board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Addiction Medicine physician. A Magna Cum Laude University of Georgia undergraduate and graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Jacobs did his Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He had a 13 year career as a private practitioner in anesthesiology and pain management before matriculating to UF for his Addiction Medicine Fellowship.

Dr. Jacobs has been a national expert, testifying on Capitol Hill on MDMA and prescription misuse and abuse. He was a medical and scientific Consultant to the US Senate as well as the Department of Labor. Dr Jacobs has also testified and consulted for the DEA on safe prescribing of narcotic drugs and the model of ideal treatment programs. Dr. Jacobs has been the Medical Director of non-profit, profit, and academic chemical dependency and dual diagnosis programs. After his promotion to Associate Professor, he left academia and started NexStep Integrated Pain Care Inc., a model outpatient program for the treatment of patients with both chronic pain and addiction disorders. He returned to the University of Florida full time as Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine: Co-Chief of Pain Medicine in 2012.

Dr. Jacobs is the author of peer reviewed scientific papers, abstracts, textbook chapters including the ASAM and APA definitive substance use volumes, and practice guidelines including highly cited studies on mitigating opioid abuse in chronic pain treatment, physician recovery, naltrexone, urine drug testing, and body mass index and alcohol use.

Dr Jacobs has returned home to Georgia to become the first Chief of Addiction Medicine at The Medical College of Georgia He is also Medical Director of The Bluff Plantation as well as Chief Medical Officer for Georgia Detox & Recovery.

Mark A. Weiner


Dr. Weiner received his undergraduate degree (B.S. Psychology) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Campus in Chicago, Illinois. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Since 2008, Dr. Weiner has worked at Pain Recovery Solutions in Ann Arbor, Michigan practicing full time Addiction Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is the Section Head of Addiction Medicine at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital - Ann Arbor. He has participated in planning the ASAM preconfernece, Common Threads: Pain and Addiction, since 2011 and is the current vice chair. He also is a member of the ASAM Annual Meeting planning committee since 2014 and is an editor on the up-and-coming ASAM Pain and Addiction Handbook.

ACCME Accredited with Commendation

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Session Recording
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Open to view video. This video was recorded on April 12, 2018 in San Diego, CA.
CME Quiz
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CME Credit and Certificate
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