Recent Updates in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
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Expires on Apr 26, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

This presentation features summary analyses of several recent articles on OUD treatment from the Addiction Medicine research literature. Using an abbreviated "journal club" format, the presentation reviews each paper, examining context, methods and results, interpretation of scientific findings, and implications for clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify emerging options for long-acting medication treatments for opioid use disorder (OUD)
  • Contrast strengths and limitations of 2 extended-release buprenorphine formulations for the treatment of OUD
  • Improve their ability to apply research results from the scientific literature into their everyday practices

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Residents/Fellows, Non-psychiatrist physicians

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Program Start Date: April 26, 2021
Program End Date: April 26, 2024

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

  • Mark Fishman, M.D., Medical Director, Maryland Treatment Centers. Reports the following financial relationships with commercial interests: Stock - Maryland Treatment Centers; Consultant - Alkermes Drug Delivery LLC Am Soc Addiction Med Nat Assoc Drug Court Prog; Employee - Maryland Treatment Centers; Grant/Research - Alkermes NIDA.
Program Planners
  • Sejal Patel, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Robert Schwartz, M.D., Medical Director/Senior Research Scientist, Friends Research Institute. Reports the following financial relationships with commercial interests: Consultant, Verily Life Sciences.


  • Haight, BR et al. Efficacy and safety of a monthly buprenorphine depot injection for opioid use disorder: a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2019 Feb;393(10173):778-790.
  • Lofwall, MR et al. Weekly and monthly subcutaneous buprenorphine depot formulations vs daily sublingual buprenorphine with naloxone for treatment of opioid use disorder: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Jun;178(6):764-773.
  • Williams, R et al. Development of a cascade of care for responding to the opioid epidemic. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2019;45(1):1-10.

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