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Fatal Attraction: Why are Opioids so Addicting?

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Early in the opioid crisis, physicians were the principle source of opioid use and abuse due to overprescribing, often leading to patients storing leftover prescriptions at home and friends or family members finding and using these leftovers. Unfortunately, simply restricting opioid prescriptions is not an effective strategy in a culture that has wildly available and accessible drugs of abuse available.

Opioids are the most addicting drugs of abuse; they interact with the brain's pleasure centers and cause euphoria, which over time changes the brain, leading to that euphoria becoming more of a memory and eventually causing a depression that is very difficult to treat. Additionally, while opioid withdrawal syndrome is easy to see and to treat, those addicted to opioids want to eliminate it and therefore continue compulsive use despite consequences.

This CME Outfitters Snack featuring Dr. Mark S. Gold focuses on the biological underpinnings of opioid addiction in order to educate clinicians on how to address the opioid epidemic in their communities.


Mar 01, 2020


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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Mark S. Gold, MD

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Dentistry General, Family Medicine, Orthopedics, Overdose (Drug), Pain Management, Primary Care, Psychiatry / Mental Health, Public Health / Community Health, Substance Abuse / Dependence, Surgery

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Johnson & Johnson

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CME Outfitters, LLC opioids, addiction, opioid, substance abuse, substance use, opioid use disorder, overdose, pain management, pain medicine, acute pain, chronic pain, pain pathways, drug abuse, psychiatry, neurology, neuroscience Free CE CME Live CE CME

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