Issues in Benzodiazepine Pharmacology: Basis for Use and Abuse/Misuse

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Overview / Abstract:

This program will address the growing problem of benzodiazepine
prescribing alone and in combination with other opioids. The
program is targeted to prescribers of all controlled substances
and designed to be a practical understanding of this topic as
well as reminding prescribers of the pharmacological and
epidemiological principles that underlay this issue.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this session, attendees should be able to:
• Describe pharmacology of older and newer benzodiazepines
• Describe the side effects of benzodiazepines
• Discuss combinations of benzodiazepines and opioids

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice pharmacists, APRNs,
residents, & fellows who prescribe controlled substances.

Method of Participation and How to Receive CME Credit.There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.
Review the activity objectives, faculty information, and CME information prior to participating in the activity.
View the CME presentations
Complete the CME activity evaluation and post-test at the conclusion of the activity. A passing score of 75% must be achieved in order to receive a credit certificate.


Aug 01, 2018


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME



Credits / Hours

Physicians: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of theirparticipation in the activity.

Rhode Island Specific: This program qualifies for 1.5 hours CME Credit in Risk Management and Opioid Pain Management/Chronic Pain Management, two of the required areas of section 6.0; 6.2.1 RI CME re-licensure requirements.

Other Health Professionals: Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendancestating this program is designated for 1.5 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. This credit is accepted by the AANP, AAPA, and RI Pharmacy re-licensure Board.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the
accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Health Academic Center. The Warren Alpert Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Rob Dufresne, Ph.D., Ph.D., BCPS, BCPP
Professor of Pharmacy,
University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy &
Psych Pharm Specialist, Providence VAMC

Jessica Hawthorne, Pharm.D.
Psychiatric Pharmacy PGY2 Resident
Providence VAMC

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

Supported by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Drug Overdose Grant
Brown Alpert Medical School
Rhode Island Department of Health

Keywords / Search Terms

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