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Naloxone and Buprenorphine Overview: An Update

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Since 2002, almost 138 million prescriptions have been dispensed for buprenorphine and naloxone combination products. During this training, we will discuss how buprenorphine/naloxone works, its efficacy in managing symptoms of an opioid use disorder, treatment protocols, and dosages, and ways of adjusting and terminating treatment as clinically appropriate.

We will also address a highly effective and widely used approach for reducing overdoses and mortality in individuals who use opioids (i.e., Narcan and similar products). We will discuss how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose, where to obtain nasal naloxone products, recent guidelines for use, and the best guidance for managing individuals after they received naloxone.


Joseph Sawicki Jr., RPh., PharmD, is a pharmacist working with the Massachusetts Center of Excellence (CoE) for Specialty Courts and UMass Chan Medical School. In his current role, he works as a Consultant Pharmacist for select Massachusetts Drug/Recovery Courts and on a Commonwealth Medicine Parole Project funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Joe brings more than 30 years of pharmacy experience to these roles. Prior to joining the CoE and UMass Chan, Joe spent 14 years working in a hospital setting specializing in pain management and substance use disorders, culminating in the creation of an opioid stewardship program to align with credentialing body standards (JCAHO). His certifications include Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery, Pain Management Specialty Pharmacist, and Substances of Abuse Specialty Pharmacist, and he is a Member of the Worcester Opioid Task Force since 2015. His expertise is utilized at clinical conferences and in developing numerous policies and protocols around best practices for treating patients with pain and substance use disorders. His passion lies in providing education, support, and training around medication management to legal professionals, researchers, and clinicians.


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This webinar is hosted by the Massachusetts Center of Excellence for Specialty Courts.


This webinar is for members of the Massachusetts Executive Office of the Trial Court, Massachusetts Probation Service, Massachusetts Office of Community Corrections and Community Justice Support Centers, and those professionals working with Massachusetts Specialty Courts and related programs.


April 11
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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