Essentials 2023

October 13-14, 2023 – Virtual

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2022 Addiction Medicine Essentials Agenda

Below is the agenda for the 2022 Addiction Medicine Essentials Conference. The agenda for 2023 will become available in late Summer.


October 21

Opening Plenaries [8:00AM - 10:15AM]

  • Welcome and Introduction by Drs. James Finch, MD and Sara McEwen, MD
  • Evolving Landscape of Addiction: Expanded Access, Lessons Learned, Racial and Ethnic Equity and Social Determinants by Nzinga Harrison MD, FASAM, DFAPA
  • Clinical Strategies that Address Equity by Rathika Nimalendran, MD
  • State Epidemiology Update by Mary Beth Cox, MPH and Scott Proescholdbell, MPH

Morning Break [10:15AM - 10:30AM]

Morning Concurrent Workshops [10:30AM - 12:00PM]

  • Addiction Medicine 101 by Michael H. Baca-Atlas, MD, DFASAM and Hayley Pionk, MD
  • Management of Withdrawal: Alcohol, Benzodiazepines, Opioids by Julie Kmiec, DO
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Updates by Jana Burson, MD and Stephen Wyatt, DO

Lunch [12:00PM - 12:30PM]

Afternoon Plenaries [12:30PM - 2:00PM]

  • Working with Anxious/Agitated Patients by Steven Szabo, MD
  • Challenging Patient Behaviors: Personality Disorders in the Setting of SUD by Roy Stein, MD

Afternoon Break [2:00PM - 2:15PM]

Afternoon Concurrent Workshops [2:15PM - 4:00PM]

  • Basics of Pain, Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health by Steven Prakken, MD
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) in Jails by Eric Morse, MD, Evan Ashkin, MD and Sarah Gayton
  • Psychiatric Co-occurring Disorders: Case Based Discussion by Ashwin Patkar, MD, MRCPsych, DFASAM, DFAPA and Steven Szabo, MD

October 22

Morning Plenaries [8:00AM - 10:15AM]

  • Taking a Trauma-Informed, Collaborative, and Culturally Responsive Approach to Addressing Adolescent Substance Use by Angela Tunno, PhD, MS
  • SUD Resources in NC: What’s Available and How to Access by Starleen Scott Robbins, LCSW
  • Addressing Reproductive Health in Substance Use Disorder Treatment through a Harm-Reduction and Trauma-Informed Lens by Michael H. Baca-Atlas, MD, DFASAM and Rathika Nimalendran, MD

Morning Break [10:15AM - 10:30AM]

Morning Concurrent Workshops [10:30AM - 12:15PM]

  • Controlled Medications and SUDs: Defining Roles and Mitigating Risk by James Finch, MD and Ashwin Patkar, MD 
  • Complex Pain, Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health by Steven Prakken, MD
  • Partnering with Youth and Families in Adolescent Behavioral Health: Taking a Collaborative, Trauma-Informed, and Culturally Responsive Approach by Angela Tunno, PhD, MS and David Goldston, PhD

Lunch [12:15PM - 12:45PM]

Afternoon Plenaries [12:45PM - 2:45PM]

  • MOUD Treatment Matching by Nathan Mullins, MD
  • Legal and Regulatory Considerations J. Paul Martin, MD 
  • The Intersection of Mutual Aid Groups and MOUD: Our Current Situation by Scott Luetgenau, MSW
Thank you for your support


Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

Division of Public Health

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration


North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine

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