March 30, 2018 9:00 am - 11:00 am

True North Conference Center

1900 Corporate Square Blvd.

    March 2018 Lecture Series

    A Clinically Relevant Introduction To The Disease Of Addiction And The Opioid Epidemic

    Speaker: Brian Fuehrlein, MD, PhD
    Date: Friday, March 30, 2018
    Registration: 8:30 – 9 AM
    Program runs from: 9 – 11 AM
    Continuing Education & Continuing Medical Education: 2 units/credits*


    Dr. Brian Fuehrlein has been practicing medicine for a decade and is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and the Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Room at the VA Hospital. During this presentation, you’ll hear Dr. Fuehrlein talk about the importance of understanding the disease of addiction in a clinical setting as well as how to identify opioid use disorder.

    Divided into two parts, the first part of the talk will focus on a clinically relevant overview of the disease of addiction. First, epidemiologic data will focus on the magnitude of the substance use disorders. There will then be an overview of the reward system as a basis for explaining the disease of addiction. Finally, clinically relevant manifestations of substance use disorders will be reviewed. These include denial, promises, and excuses.

    The second part of the talk will introduce the opioid epidemic and treatment options. First there will be an overview of the historical factors that contributed to the current opioid epidemic. Next there will be a clinically relevant discussion of risk factors that can lead to an opioid use disorder and red flags that a patient may be developing an opioid use disorder. Finally, there will be a brief introduction to medication-assisted treatment and psychosocial support options.


    1. To appreciate the burden that substance use disorders create.
    2. To have a basic understanding of the reward system and the biological drive for reward.
    3. To understand the clinical manifestations of the disease of addiction.
    4. To have a basic understanding of some of the contributing factors to the current opioid epidemic.
    5. To understand the risk factors for developing an opioid use disorder and red flags that it may be developing.
    6. To understand medication-assisted treatment and psychosocial support programs.

    If you have any questions about this event, please contact Donna Mahacek at 904-513-5823 or [email protected]

    About the Speaker:

    Brian Fuehrlein, MD, PhD

    Director of Psychiatric Emergency Room, VA Hospital, West Haven, CT

    Dr. Fuehrlein earned his Doctor of Medicine and Ph.D. at the University of Florida. He completed an adult psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he served as the co-head research track resident on the graduate medical education committee and on the committee for residency didactic redesign. In 2013, Dr. Fuehrlein completed an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University.

    Dr. Fuehrlein then joined the faculty at the University of Florida where he was an Assistant Professor. He served as the director of an MS2 course on pain and addiction, the assistant MS3 psychiatry clerkship director, was on the medical school admissions committee and on the M.D. Ph.D. program executive committee.

    Dr. Fuehrlein joined the faculty of Yale in 2014 as an Assistant Professor. He is currently the director of the psychiatric emergency room at the VA Hospital in West Haven, CT. Clinically, Dr. Fuehrlein is interested in addictive disorders and emergency psychiatry. Dr. Fuehrlein has a strong interest in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows, and developing medical school and residency curriculum. He was recently awarded the Irma Bland award for excellency in psychiatry resident education through the APA.

    *Physicians: The activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of CME Outfitters, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Florida Board of Behavioral Sciences: Lakeview Health has been approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number 50-17479 exp 3/31/2019.

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