Addiction Medicine Grand Rounds: Ethanol Withdrawal and the Utility of Benzos vs Barbiturates in its Treatment

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

We are streaming this live via Zoom, password 090010. Presentations qualify for CME credit, and the attendance code is shared during the presentation. To obtain your CME credit, you will need to use the CAMS system.

Geoffrey Smelski, PharmD Ethanol Withdrawal and the Utility of Benzos vs Barbiturates in its Treatment

Geoffrey Smelski, PharmD
Clinical Education Director
Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the basic concepts around neuroadaptive processes.
  2. Apply those concepts to the pharmacology of ethanol.
  3. Establish the pathophysiology of acute ethanol withdrawal, in a patient that has developed physical dependence.
  4. Review some of the major clinical literature regarding managing ethanol withdrawal.
  5. Compare the pharmacodynamic properties of benzo's & barbiturates with the pathophysiology of ethanol dependence.
  6. Incorporate an understanding of acute ethanol withdrawal pathophysiology and medication pharmacodynamics into treatment decisions.

The educational objective for the Addiction Medicine Grand Rounds is to provide health professionals with updates on addiction topics with the goals of increasing knowledge, competence, and patient care. The Addiction Medicine Lecture series is held monthly on a Thursday from 12 to 1 p.m. Be sure to log into your CME account and complete the evaluation to receive credit.

All faculty, CME Planning Committee members, and the CME office reviewer have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson and Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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