Opioid Red Flags: Examining the Options and Taking the Next Steps

This activity is part of a series


Scott C. Howell, DO
AIDS Healthcare Foundation Los Angeles, CA
Scott C. Howell, DO

Dr. Scott Howell has served in various executive positions within healthplans, delegated medical groups, direct-care delivery, and healthcare policy for 30 years. He is currently providing medical director support for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a specialty C-SPN healthplan.

Dr. Howell is board certified in Family Practice, Preventative Medicine and Public Health, and Addiction Medicine. He received a Masters in Economics from the University of Miami, a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPH&TM) from Tulane University, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University Fresno.

Dr. Howell served in the military for 25 years, with his last assignment in the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) at the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoDIG), Special Plans and Operations (SPO), where he concentrated on the Wounded Warrior Program, BioAssurity, and Ebola Outbreak Assessments.

Dr. Howell has published peer-reviewed articles on both finance and medicine.

Statement of Need

With the impact of the opioid crisis prompting changes in how health care providers (HCPs) treat patients with acute and chronic pain, it has become imperative for HCPs to effectively identify risk factors and clinical presentation of opioid use disorder (OUD). Additionally, clinicians also need to be aware of the underlying neurobiology of addiction and available treatment options.

The final episode of this CME Outfitters Briefcase series focuses on identifying the red flags of OUD and best options for taking the next steps to engage patients and develop appropriate treatment strategies.

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Financial Support

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Click here for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Physicians, dentists, PAs, NPs, and pharmacists.

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Dr. Howell reports that he is a consultant for Echosens; and Semler Scientific, Inc.

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Opioid Red Flags: Examining the Options and Taking the Next Steps
Event Date: 07/31/2020