2020.04.09 | Risks and Dangers of Polypharmacy and Opioid Misuse in the Aging Population

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As part of a series on aging with UNE and HRSA, CCSME is offering this 60 minute webinar. The presenter will cover the epidemiology and morbidity of polypharmacy with a focus on psychotropic and opioid involved polypharmacy.

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As part of a series on aging with UNE and HRSA, CCSME is offering this 60 minute webinar. The presenter will cover the epidemiology and morbidity of polypharmacy with a focus on psychotropic and opioid involved polypharmacy. The prevalence and risks of nonmedical use of opioids, and specific deprescribing strategies and opioid tapering will be reviewed.
Participants will be able to:
Describe epidemiology and morbidity of polypharmacy in the aging population
Describe the prevalence and risks of nonmedical use of opioids in geriatric patients
Compare and contrast deprescribing strategies for various psychotropic medications and situations

Participate in the full aging series with this webinar and one day April 3 conference:
Older Adults in Maine: Ethical Imperatives, Social Isolation, and Substance Use
May sign up for the program of your choice or register twice to participate in the full series.


Thursday, April 9, 2020

12:00pm–1:00pm EDT


About the Presenter

Stephanie Nichols

Stephanie Nichols, Pharm. D., BCPS, BCPD, Dr. Nichols is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy at UNE, an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts, and a psychiatric and substance use disorder (SUD) pharmacist. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo and completed a post-graduate residency at Maine Medical Center. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP). Dr. Nichols has over a decade of experience providing direct patient care and interprofessional teaching, and has served as a preceptor for over 75 student and resident learners. She has won multiple awards for excellence in the areas of teaching, student precepting, and clinical practice. At Husson, Dr. Nichols coordinates the following courses: Pharmacotherapeutics, Drug Induced Psychiatric Disease, Advanced Psychopharmacology, and Independent Research. She also teaches topics in the following courses: Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, Substance Use Disorders, Drug-Drug Interactions, Social/Behavioral Pharmacy, and Applied Pharmacotherapeutics. Dr. Nichols is passionate about reducing stigma around mental illness and addiction. She has presented to interprofessional audiences throughout the state of Maine, and in 2016 she was awarded the Cardinal Health Generations RX Champions Award for community education around prescription drug misuse. She has research published in the following journals: Pain, Current Psychiatry, Journal of Psychopharmacology, Pharmacotherapy, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, and Psychosomatics. Nationally, Dr. Nichols holds the following appointments: ICER: New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council, CPNP BCPP Recertification Editorial Review Board, and ACCP 2017 Annual Meeting Programming Committee. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time in her yard with her husband, Eric, and their dogs, Sage and Basil. She also enjoys reading, gardening, painting, boating, and visiting lighthouses.

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