Mar 8, 2021
Substance Use Disorders: Recognition and Treatment
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Podcast:  Substance Use Disorders: Recognition and Treatment

Evaluation and Credit:

Target Audience            

This activity is targeted toward primary care specialties.

Statement of Need

It has been estimated that 29% if people misuse prescription pain relievers for chronic pain; and between 8-12% develop a use disorder.  In 2017 the Department of Human and Health Services declared opioid crisis a public emergency and Kentucky is one of the leading states in abuse in the US. Based on these statistics most providers have or will encounter a patient in their practice with SUD and therefore recognition and management is key for optimal patient outcomes.


At the conclusion of this offering, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define substance use disorders (SUD) and including the biology of SUD.
  2. Discuss the risk factors and red flags of SUD.
  3. Describe treatment options for SUD.

John J. Wernert, M.D., MHA, DLFAPA Executive Medical Director Norton Behavioral Medicine



Kelly Cooper, M.D. Medical Director, Addiction Services Norton Behavioral Medicine


Moderator, Speaker and Planner Disclosures 

The speaker, moderator and planners for this activity have no potential or actual conflicts of interest to disclose.  

Commercial Support 

There was no commercial support for this activity.

Physician Credits

American Medical Association


Norton Healthcare is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Norton Healthcare designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


HB1 / Prescribing Controlled Substances

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure has approved the podcast Substance Use Disorders: Recognition and Treatment for .75 HB1 credit hours. ID# 0221-H.75-NHC1f


Date of Original Release |March 2021

Course Termination Date | March 31, 2023

Updated Termination Date | March 2024; this information has been reviewed and is determined to still be current.

Contact Information | Center for Continuing Medical Education; (502) 446-5955 or  


Resources for Additional Study 

National Institute on Drug Abuse


Beyond Buprenorphine: Models of Follow-up Care for Opioid Use Disorder in the Emergency Department


A comprehensive multivariate model of biopsychosocial factors associated with opioid misuse and use disorder in a 2017-2018 United States national survey


Converging Crises: Caring for Hospitalized Adults With Substance Use Disorder in the Time of COVID-19


Treatment for Anxiety and Substance Use Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Strategies


There are also 1 question screens that are validated.

  1. How many times in the past year have you used an illicit/illegal drug or used a prescription medication for non-medical reasons?
  2. How many times in the past year have you had 5 (for male) / 4 (for female) or more drinks in a day?


If the response to either are positive, then the screen is positive and further evaluation is needed.

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