CME in the News

September 16, 2014 || by Jon Marcus

Stopping America’s Hidden Overdose Crisis


Fatal overdoses of prescription drugs are on the rise, but patchwork laws make them tough to stop.

The woman who showed up in the emergency room of Boston Medical Center with a life-threatening apparent overdose of painkillers was contrite. She promised to follow a plan to ease her pain with medications that did not contain opioids, the principal ingredient of prescription drugs including oxycodone and fentanyl whose vast increase in use has led to an epidemic of overdoses. Read more!



May 19, 2014 | Boston Business Journal | by Don Seiffert

Our SCOPE of Pain Course Director talks Zohydro with Boston Business Journal

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Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP, FASA

The physician who oversees a statewide effort to train doctors on how to prescribe addictive painkillers safely said a San Diego drug firm was “irresponsible” to launch its opiate, Zohydro, before coming up with a formulation that makes it harder to abuse.


Dan Alford, an associate at the Boston University School of Medicine and board-certified addiction specialist who heads up the SCOPE of Pain program, said he supports Gov. Deval Patrick’s effort to restrict Zohydro in the state. Read more!



May 19, 2014 | | by Rick Dumont

Health professionals take over Portsmouth

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Michael Botticelli and Ilana Hardesty


PORTSMOUTH — Over 70 primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants and registered nurses gathered at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel Saturday for a “Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education” summit Saturday.


The conference was a joint effort between the Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education program and the New England division of HIDTA; High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Read more!



May 13, 2014 | | by Melissa Howell

Scope of Pain Seminar provides training for physicians

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BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Boston University School of Medicine is helping the medical community here in Vermont address concerns around treatment for chronic pain and how to provide patients with access to education.


As Vermont battles the increasing use of opioids, concerns in the medical community have soared as physicians look to balance treating chronic pain and avoiding addiction.


“Because of that increase in availability they’ve gotten into the wrong hands, people who are naive to these medications..and it’s resulted in lots of problems,” said Daniel Alford of Boston University. Read more!



November 19, 2013 | | by Megan Tripp

Patients Receiving Too Many Opioids, Study Says

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Prescription pills image via shutterstock

We already know that antibiotics are being overprescribed nationwide, and now a new study shows that opioids are also being overprescribed in hospitals.


The study, conducted by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, reveals that more than 50 percent of nonsurgical patients were given high doses of opioids during their hospitalizations. Furthermore, the study says, half of those 50 percent still received these doses on the day they were released from the hospital. Read more!