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2020 Maine Opioid Crisis Bundle: Pain Policy Repercussions, Injection Drug-Use Associated Infections and DEA Update

Total Credits: 3.0 including 3.0 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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MOA - Maine
Merideth Norris, DO, FACOFP, FASAM |  Kinna Thakarar, DO |  Michael Wardrop
2 Hours 48 Minutes
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Session Title: DEA Update on the Opioid Crisis     Presented By: Michael Wardrop     
Session Objectives: Participants will gain a better understanding of:

1. The current status of the opioid crisis as seen by DEA agents in the field in Maine.

2. Upcoming drugs for recreational use.

3. What physicians can do to curb street drug use and what they should know about it.  


Session Title: Injection Drug-Use Associated Infections: Updates and Models of Care            Presented By: Dr. Thakarar                             
Session Objectives: 1. Describe the epidemiology of infections associated with injection drug use (IDU)

2. Summarize Maine Medical Center endocarditis and harm reduction studies

3. Understand evidence-based strategies to prevent IDU-associated infections.


Session Title: Damage Control in Post 2017 Pain Policy -- "When You Throw Something Away, Where is "Away"?         Presented By: Dr. Norris 
Session Objectives:  1. Review the intention of the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines vs the Unintended Consequences

. 2. Consider some of the clinical outcomes of these consequences.

3. Discover opportunities for being part of a continued team effort in assisting patients impacted by these policies.


The Maine Osteopathic Association is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.The Maine Osteopathic Association designates this program for a maximum of 3.0 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.


MOA Grievance Policy: All grievances should be initially directed in writing to the MOA Executive Director by email to who will share them with the MOA's Program Committee. Grievances will receive a response within 30 days of receipt. If you do not receive a satisfactory response, you may notify the Council on Continuing Medical Education, AOA, 142 East Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611.



Merideth Norris, DO, FACOFP, FASAM's Profile

Merideth Norris, DO, FACOFP, FASAM Related seminars and products

Dr. Norris has been working in Maine for over 15 years. Her scope of practice includes osteopathic family medicine, treatment of substance use disorder, treatment of obesity, and pain management, She has worked in emergency departments all over Maine, as well as detox facilities, inpatient treatment environments, methadone clinics and out patient recovery centers. She is medical director of Enso Recovery, as well as having a private practice.  She is frequently seen in the press in the course of her advocacy for available resources for people with substance use disorder, and drafts large amounts of testimony to the state legislation both on opioid policy and on treatment access. She has been interviewed as an addiction expert on both local public radio and the national Reelz network. Recently, Dr. Norris became certified as a Ringside Physician by USA Boxing and became the medical consultant for Susan Elia MacNeal, author of the Maggie Hope detective series.  Dr. Norris has three children, one of each. 

Dr. Norris has no disclosures. 

Kinna Thakarar, DO Related seminars and products

 Dr. Thakarar is an infectious disease (ID) and addiction medicine physician with a special interest in health services research related to ID/addiction issues. She is currently an attending physician at Maine Medical Partners, an affiliated investigator at the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation in Portland, Maine, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Maine Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine.


Faculty Disclosure: Dr. Thakarar has no financial interest, arrangement or affiliation that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the contact or subject of this presentation.

Michael Wardrop Related seminars and products

Resident Agent in Charge, US DEA

DEA, Portland Maine Division

Faculty Disclosure: Mr. Wardrop as no financial interest, arrangement or affiliation that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the contact or subject of this presentation.
Bio:  Michael W. Wardrop is a 31-year veteran with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and has served as the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) of the Portland Maine Resident Office since May 2009. As the RAC, he is responsible for maintaining oversight and control over all DEA operational and administrative matters in the State of Maine related to the enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act. RAC Wardrop currently supervises a staff of personnel in Portland and Bangor comprised of Special Agents, Task Force Officers, Intelligence Research Analysts and Support Staff. Since arriving in Maine, RAC Wardrop has aggressively strengthened interagency cooperation, maintained oversight of large complex conspiracy investigations and is the architect of Maine’s highly successful drug take back program, which created a sustainable in-state drug disposal solution. Born in Bangor, Maine and a native of Connecticut, RAC Wardrop earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Certificate in Accounting from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. RAC Wardrop is married, has three children and is an avid outdoorsman.

Faculty Disclosure: Mr. Wardrop as no financial interest, arrangement or affiliation that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the contact or subject of this presentation.


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