The Hidden Truths About the Opioid Epidemic
Dr. Passik will address key facts about the opioid epidemic that are often unappreciated. Additionally, he will discuss continuing to treat pain with opioids when appropriate and how to do it safely and effectively.
Please Join Us For this Exceptional Educational Event
Steven Passik’s professional life has spanned the spheres of both academia and industry. As such, he continues to maintain a unique perspective on the challenges faced by all stakeholders in the complex and fragmented world of pain management. While much attention has been given to the controversy surrounding opioid prescribing, Dr. Passik will examine the underpinnings of this state of affairs—namely, the healthcare system itself, ie, its lack of care coordination and the consequences that result in not embracing patient centered protocols. After a 25 year clinical and academic career devoted to cancer and non-cancer pain, and the interface of pain and addiction, Dr. Passik left academia for industry. Working first in urine drug testing and then pharma, Dr. Passik continues to be passionate about securing access to safe and effective pain medications, including controlled substances, and helping to outline the safest, risk stratified ways to incorporate them in to care. He has over 200 publications and has spoken nationally and internationally on the pain and addiction interface. He has been outspoken for the entirety of his career on trying to achieve the highest possible standard of care for the management of controlled substances in the treatment of chronic pain.
Steven Passik, PhD
After a 25 year academic and clinical career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt University, Dr. Passik spent the past 4 years in the toxicology and most recently the pharmaceutical industry. His research has focused on psychiatric aspects of cancer and non-cancer pain and symptom management and the interface of pain management and addiction. He has served as editor and reviewer for multiple journals in pain and psycho-oncology. He has authored over 200 scholarly publications.
The Hidden Truths about the Opioid Epidemic
Wednesday, September 21
6:30-7:00pm Registration and Buffet Dinner
(Please Note Light Dinner Will Be Served)
7:00-8:30pm Presentation and Discussion
1) Discuss both the pro and anti opioid sides in the recent history of debate around these medications
2) Assess risk levels in deciding not just whether opioids are to be used in given cases but also with what level of safeguards
3) Employ a risk stratified approach to opioid therapy
Drexel University College of Medicine
245 North 15th Street
Geary Auditorium A – New College Building, 1st Floor
SE Corner of 15th and Vine Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Parking is available in the parking lot across the street from the auditorium.
Parking is available in the Gateway parking lot behind Magee Rehabilitation Hospital as well and costs $5.00 after 5:00pm