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The Intersection of Problematic Gambling and Opioid Use Disorder
Problematic gambling and gambling disorder are common and more common in individuals with substance use disorders, especially those with opioid use disorder. In addition, many treatment programs do not screen patients for problematic gambling and are not aware of resources available for those who screen positive. Underlying problematic gambling can cause complications in and of itself or can negatively impact treatment and recovery from other substance use disorders. Clinicians can learn to screen individuals and provide them with useful resources.
Target Audience
Physicians, clinical nurse specialists, nurses (LPN/RN), nurse practitioners or other advanced practice nurses, PAs and healthcare teams.
Christopher Welsh, MD, Associate Professor (University of Maryland School of Medicine), Medical Director (Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling)
Credit Designations Available
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, Nursing Contact Hours, AAPA Category 1 CME 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
List 4 brief screening tools for problematic gambling that can be used by providers of treatment for opioid use disorder.
List medications that may be used to help treat gambling disorder.
List 3 ways in which problematic gambling might affect a patient’s treatment/recovery from opioid use disorder.
Method of participating in the learning process
In order to receive maximum credit, learners must:

1. Review the materials provided in this module.
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: On-Demand
Expires on 04/20/2023
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 PA-CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
1 Nursing Credit
1 IPCE Credit
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. 6H79TI081968 and 1H79TI083343 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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