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Volume 40, Issue 2
Publication date: August 1, 2014
Expiration date: August 1, 2017

Deadly Prescriptions: How to Protect Your Patients
Tricia E. Wright, MD, MS (Moderator)
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health; Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii

Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine; Director, Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit; Director, Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education Program, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Jacquelyn J. Starer, MD
Associate Physician, Addiction Recovery Program, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital; Associate Director, Massachusetts Physician Health Program, Boston, Massachusetts

Learning Objectives
After completing this activity, the physician should be better able to:
1. Understand why women are vulnerable to prescription drug abuse.
2. Recognize the signs of aberrant behavior in patients prescribed opioids.
3. Appreciate that sometimes opioid prescriptions for pain and addiction during pregnancy can be appropriate.
4. Know the steps to keep your patients safe if they are prescribed opioids for chronic pain.
5. Counsel patients on safe opioid use, drug testing results, or aberrant behavior.


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