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Best Practices in Managing Patients with Kratom Addiction
An increasing number of Americans are turning to kratom for self-management of various pain, anxiety and mood states; and for those with OUD, as an opioid substitute. With use of this botanical on the rise, it is pertinent for clinicians to stay up to date with the latest regarding best practices surrounding this agent and management. In this webinar, we plan to briefly cover such updates but with a main focus on providing guidance on treatment of patients with such co-morbidity. Here we will present all available information on management of kratom addiction from the literature (systematic review of all cases involving psychopharmacological management) as well as the results of a survey of addiction experts’ practice patterns, which we conducted at the national level. Part of this webinar will also serve as an open forum for attendees to ask about and discuss challenging cases and experiences.
Target Audience
Physicians, nurse practitioners or other advanced practice nurses, PAs, social workers, dentists, pharmacists and healthcare teams.
Cornel N. Stanciu, MD, MRO, FAPA, FASAM, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, Director of Addiction Services at New Hampshire Hospital; Thomas M. Penders, MS, MD, Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine, Attending Psychiatrist at Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center
Credit Designations Available
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, Nursing Contact Hours, AAPA Category 1 CME credit, SW CE credit, Dental CE credit, Pharmacy CE credit, and Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit.
Core Competencies as a result of participating in this activity
Interpersonal Skills and Communication
Medical Knowledge
Systems-based practice
Educational Objectives
Review the current state of knowledge surrounding Kratom and its impact on patients with addictive disorders
Cite the clinical evidence from literature and our survey of national addiction experts in managing Kratom use
Discuss challenges and approaches to best manage this comorbidity
Method of participating in the learning process
In order to receive maximum credit, learners must:

1. Review the materials provided.
2. Complete knowledge-based assessment questions to assess both prior knowledge and knowledge change following the activity
3. Complete an evaluation to assess satisfaction and plans for individual and/or team practice change.
4. Follow instructions at the end of the course regarding how to retrieve a certificate.*

*Credit will not be awarded unless all components of the program are completed. Partial credit will not be awarded.
Availability: Retired
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
The content on this site is intended solely to inform and educate medical professionals. This site shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 1H79TI086770 and 1H79TI085588 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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