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Addiction has sometimes been viewed as a character disorder, a poor upbringing, or parental neglect. Now, emerging science shows addiction to be a brain disease with the same genetic transmutability as many other chronic diseases. This new evidence is helping to alleviate the stigma associated with addiction, but challenges remain, especially when patients with addiction have comorbid pain conditions. There is a well-known clinical gap in knowledge regarding the management of pain in patients who have either mental or behavioral health disorders. It is imperative that clinical pharmacists be at the forefront of providing ongoing education on the appropriate use of opioid medications in patients with behavioral health conditions, while also advocating for the expanded implementation of opioid overdose strategies. During this session, addiction experts will describe the concept of addiction as a chronic disease and explain how this affects treatment paradigms, including strategies for addressing pain management in patients recovering from addiction.
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At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to: