Friday, April 27 (25)


7:30 am - 7 pm Registration Open

10 - 11 am; 2:30 - 7:30 pm Resource Center Open

12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Concurrent Commercially Supported Lunch Symposium

My Patient's Not an Addict: Why Should I Prescribe Take-Home Naloxone?

As opioid overdose deaths continue to increase year after year, it’s time to look beyond statistics and stereotypes to our patients with chronic pain who need opioid therapy to be able to do activities of daily living. There are many facets to responsible opioid prescribing. Key among them is actively coprescribing naloxone with opioids as a safety precaution in the home for patients at risk of overdose. Numerous government agencies and professional organizations are recommending that clinicians coprescribe take-home naloxone to help rapidly reverse an opioid overdose, should one occur.

During this symposium, the faculty will provide guidance on how to identify patients at risk of an opioid overdose, and start the conversation in a way that overcomes patient resistance to take-home naloxone being part of their treatment plan. In addition, the faculty will offer their best practices when coprescribing naloxone, educating patients and care partners, and creating an opioid emergency plan.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify patients at risk for an opioid overdose.
  • Initiate the conversation with at-risk patients and care partners around opioid overdose and the need for take-home naloxone.
  • Implement a strategy to create an opioid emergency plan that includes education and coprescribing take-home naloxone for at-risk patients and care partners.

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AAPM provided lunch.

This activity is funded by kaleo, Inc.


Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD
Mark A. Kallgren, MD
Anthony W. Mimms, MD

1:45–2:45 pm

Virtual Reality Has Now Come Online for Chronic Pain (204)

View a recording of this live session when you purchase 2018 Annual Meeting On Demand.

Review research on the use of virtual reality (VR) for acute and chronic pain in adults and children as well as the use of VR in increasing limb function. Clinicians should expect to leave with knowledge about new clinical tools for use with their pain patients.

The Use of Virtual Reality with Pediatric Patients

Jeffrey I. Gold, PhD

The Use of Virtual Reality for Somatic Symptom Disorders

Kim D. Bullock, MD

The Use of Virtual Reality for Chronic Pain: What It Does and Does Not Do

Ted Jones, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze how VR tools can impact and decrease acute and chronic pain.
  • Recognize current VR tools available for providers for their use with acute and chronic pain conditions.
  • Classification: Innovation/Technology
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