March 2019 LPLS

Presenters: Raymond M. Pomm, MD

Location: Lakeview Health True North Conference Center
1900 Corporate Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Date: March 28, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST

Continuing Education: 1 unit/credit*

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Event Summary

The Opioid Epidemic and Beyond

The opioid epidemic affects the entire United States. During this lecture, Dr. Pomm will review the most up-to-date local, state, and national data as it pertains to the opioid epidemic. He’ll provide a brief review of opioid pharmacology and the available pharmacologic tools will be discussed. In addition, a city-wide effort in Jacksonville, FL, called Project Save Lives (PSL), will be analyzed, from inception, as to its policies and procedures, problems uncovered, and evolution. Dr. Pomm will present the most recent PSL data and its actual impact on this epidemic will be reviewed. From this discussion, he will reveal the many insights uncovered through the growth of PSL and the multiple challenges that we now face in our attempts to combat the opioid epidemic. Lastly, Dr. Pomm will discuss the expansion of PSL, and the comprehensive role Lakeview Health and other treatment providers will have in the creation of a nationally unique citywide network being created as one of the next steps taken while we try to get ahead of this latest manifestation of the disease of addiction.


  1. The audience will become familiar with the latest data regarding the opioid epidemic.
  2. The audience will establish a knowledge-base regarding the pharmacology of opioids as well as the pharmacologic tools available to combat this epidemic.
  3. The audience will develop an understanding of our local effort in combatting this epidemic, the lessons learned, its evolution and the steps toward its expansion.

* This 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 and Lakeview Health. 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 1.0 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 3/31/2021.  Florida Board of Psychology is 5/31/2020

About the presenter

Raymond M. Pomm, MD

Raymond M. Pomm, MD is board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. He is also a Certified Medical Review Officer. Dr. Pomm served on the Governor’s Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. In 1992 he began working for the Impaired Professionals Program of the State of Florida, the Professionals Resource Program (PRN). From 1998 until 2011 he served as Medical Director for this organization. PRN serves 29 Healthcare Boards and Councils on matters relating to healthcare professionals’ impairment. Also, from 1994 until 2010, Dr. Pomm was an Expert Consultant to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. He served as Medical Director for River Region Human Services from 1994 until 2017. Dr. Pomm serves as Chief Medical Officer for Gateway Community Services in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a Courtesy Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. In addition, he holds an appointment as Courtesy Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida. He has been a leader in the addiction field as it relates to the evaluation and treatment of co-occurring disorders and management of impaired professionals. He, most recently, was the author for Project Save Lives, as funded by the Jacksonville City Council. Dr. Pomm has received multiple awards, including “The Marie Award” from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence. He is an international speaker and has written multiple publications on issues surrounding addiction as well as healthcare professional impairment.

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