Emergency Departments: Addressing Suicide and Opioid Misuse

The Emergency department can be an entry point for treatment, a safety net, or a place to obtain drugs. This half-day program will extend the conversation presented in the preceding webinar about ways the ED can be part of solution. Dr. Wolak will briefly review complex presentations of withdrawal, pain verses drug seeking behaviors, and ways to limit substance misuse. The major focus of this program will be assessing and addressing chronic and acute suicidal ideation that frequently accompanies substance use disorder. Case studies will engage the participants in the discussion.



James Wolak

James Wolak, MD, is Medical Director for Hospital Psychiatric Services at Maine Medical Center, where he oversees the inpatient, consult/liaison, and emergency psychiatry divisions.  He has over 10 years of experience in the emergency department at Maine Med, having performed countless psychiatric evaluations on acute patients with co-occurring disorders and suicidal ideation. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and is core faculty for resident and medical student education at Maine Med. He received his MD from Columbia University and completed his residency in psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell – Payne Whitney Clinic.


  • 2.75 contact hours for nurses.
    CCSME Provider Unit is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by ANCC, NE-MSD or CCSME Provider Unit.

  • 2.75 contact hours pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

  • 2.75 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided.
    CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.

  • 2.75 contact hours for CHES.
    CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

  • Certificate of attendance for 2.75 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professionals.

  • Up to 2.75 CME contact hours for physicians and physician assistants. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.Certificates will be emailed to participants upon completion of an online course evaluation.

Certificates will be emailed to participants upon completion of an online course evaluation. No partial credit will be given.


Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will start at 9:00 a.m.

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