Jeffrey Eppler

Sunday, June 4, 2017 • 10:15 - 11:45
Track 3 – PAIN & ADDICTIONS
WCC: Rainbow Theatre

The Opioid Crisis - Dr. Jeffrey Eppler

Description:

Opioid overdoses killed more than twice as many British Columbians as MVCs in 2016. Abuse of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl is sweeping the country. This presentation will examine the historical roots of opioid abuse and how this has led to our current crisis. The pharmacology of opioids and the approach to the opioid overdose patient will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn an approach to the opioid overdose patient in the ED
  • Learn an approach to the opioid addicted patient in the ED
  • Understand the broader issues leading to the current opioid crisis

The Overdose Crisis: Perspectives on the Drivers, Responses, and Implications for Policy Reforms - Dr. Mark Tyndall

Description:

In 2016 nearly 1000 people died of an accidental overdose in British Columbia. With trends even worse during the early months of 2017, it is clear that the current approaches and available tools have been inadequate to stop the deaths. The rapid and unexpected changes in the street drug supply, coupled with policies that reduce the flow of prescribed opioids have created a dangerous situation for people using drugs. The session will summarize the epidemiology of the overdose deaths, review the provincial response to date, and discuss the drivers of drug dependency and how stigma and drug policies have made it extremely difficult to provide the health interventions needed to stop the crisis. Finally a review of next steps that are required at a local, provincial and national level.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the drivers of the current overdose crisis
  • Provide an overview of the response under a provincial public health emergency order
  • Discuss progress, set-backs and necessary policy reforms

Opioid Addiction: A Mother's Lived Experience - Ms. Helen Jennens

Description:

This presentation will put a face to the current opioid epidemic. Not the stereotypical face of addiction, a mother will share the struggle of a son’s addiction to opioids leading up to his death.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of knowing one’s drug use history
  • Outline the gaps in the current medical system
  • Understand harm reduction

Using Opioids Wisely in the ED - Dr. James Ducharme

Description:

This presentation will discuss how to provide and prescribe opioids in the emergency department and will outline how to objectively assess for risk of opioid misuse in a universal fashion. Alternatives to opioids in patients at risk or as part of a comprehensive pain management practice will be discussed. Finally, this presentation will define a standardized approach to pain management in patients on opioid replacement therapy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn universal precautions as they apply to the prescribing of opioids
  • Ensure proper pain management for all patients
  • Learn about alternatives to opioids in patients at high risk for opioid misuse