After careful consideration of the health risks posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AOHP  2020 National Conference will instead be held as a virtual event. We very much look forward to convening our diverse community of employee/occupational health professionals to learn, share, and connect in a new format best suited for today’s unprecedented times. AOHP’s upcoming virtual conference is scheduled for December 3, 2020

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Thursday, December 3 • 1:01pm - 1:16pm
2020-004-1 Chronic Pain and Addiction: How We Missed the Boat

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Topic Overview:
Over 47,000 people died from an overdose of opioids in the United States in 2017. The prescription of, misuse, and addiction to these drugs are decimating a generation of Americans. Heroin use and fentanyl overdose deaths are on the rise. This epidemic was born in another epidemic: chronic pain. This session will review how we got to this point, the nature of the epidemic, pain treatment and addiction, and solutions for changing course at this crucial time.
  • Describe principles of chronic pain, including central nervous system processing and the brain’s response to pain and suffering.
  • Identify the effects of emotional distress on increasing chronic pain.
  • Discuss techniques to manage opioid dependence and the experience of recovery from chronic pain with clinical methods including mindfulness, CBT, DBT and ACT.

avatar for Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

Dr. Mel Pohl is the Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2020 1:01pm - 1:16pm EST