Heroin Addiction and the Opiate Epidemic

Presented By MARK S. GOLD, MD

Provided by RiverMend Health Institute

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Release date: June 29, 2016

Valid through: June 29, 2017

Topic: Opiate Addiction, Heroin Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders

Media: Recorded

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes

Target Audience

This CME activity is intended for physicians, psychiatrists, physician assistants, psychologists, and allied mental health advocates.

Program Overview

Health care providers, addiction specialists, and legislators are in agreement that more effective means of reducing opioid and other addicting substance misuse and abuse are critical at this time in our country. The statistics are dismal and increasingly alarming, with more and more individuals at risk. In this presentation given at the Union Club of Chicago, Dr. Mark Gold, preeminent neuroscientist and leading voice in understanding the science of addiction, explains how heroin works, why it is so addictive, and what can be done to reclaim those fighting its grasp.

Learning Objectives

After this presentation attendees will be better able to: 

  1. Review research findings that demonstrate that addiction is a treatable brain disease.
  2. Understand and incorporate into their practice the relationship between substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and other psychiatric disorders.
  3. Review diagnostic and treatment issues for co-occurring substance use and psychiatric illnesses.
  4. Review examples of common co-occurring disorders such as tobacco smoking and schizophrenia, alcohol and anxiety and cocaine and depressive dx.

Continuing Education

APA, American Psychological Association

RiverMend Health Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  RiverMend Health Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

APA CE credit Awarded: 1.0

ADACGBA, Approved Continuing Education Provider

RiverMend Health Centers, a RiverMend Health LLC entity, maintains responsibility for this program and its content. RiverMend Health LLC is a ADACGBA Approved Continuing Education Provider and may offer ADACBGA approved hours for events that meet ADACBGA requirements. Provider #15-55-03-916.

ADACBGA Continuing Education Units Awarded: 1.0

NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

RiverMend Health Institute is a NAADAC Approved Continuing Education Provider and may offer NAADAC- National Certification Commission approved hours for events that meet NAADAC requirements. Provider # 867.

NAADAC Continuing Education Units awarded: 1.0

NBCC, National Board of Certified Counselors

RiverMend Health is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Provider #6573.

NBCC CE credit Awarded: 1.0

CBBS, California Board of Behavioral Sciences

This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. RiverMend Health Institute Provider #4688.

CBBS CE credit awarded: 1.0

CDR, Commission on Dietetic Registration

RiverMend Health Institute is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians registered (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians registered (DTRs) will receive continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for the completion of this program. CDR Provider #R1656.

CDR CPEU awarded: 1.0




Mark S. Gold, MD is a translational researcher, author, and inventor best known for his work on the brain systems underlying the effects of opiate drugs, cocaine and food. He has published over 1000 peer reviewed scientific articles, texts, and practice guidelines. Dr. Gold is a multiple patent holder and translational researcher who has been a mentor of many of the leaders in addiction medicine and psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Washington University, Florida and Yale University. Currently he is an (Adjunct) Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St Louis, and the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Boards for RiverMend Health- a national provider of addiction, eating disorders, and obesity evaluation and treatment. Gold lectures at Grand Rounds around the USA and at international and national scientific meetings on his career, bench-to-bedside science in eating disorders, obesity, and addictions.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

  • No financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving credit for this activity. During the accredited period, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; study the educational activity; and complete the post-test and the evaluation form. If you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation, your certificate will be available immediately for download in PDF format.

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.