‘MedChat’ podcast, episode 8: Opioid addiction

Episode eight of the “MedChat” podcast is now available.

This episode, “Use and Abuse – Opioid Addiction,” discusses the prevalence of illegal drugs and the culture. In 2017, overdose fatalities in Kentucky rose by 11%, and Jefferson County had the most overdose deaths. It is critical for physicians and providers to be aware of illegal drugs and understand this culture — as legal prescribing guidelines/availability become more restrictive and addicted patients may seek their “high” from illegal sources.

Moderator William R. Bradford, M.D., MMM, medical director, Norton Audubon Hospital, speaks with Robert H. Couch, M.D., medical director, emergency department, Norton Audubon Hospital.

Topics addressed in this episode include:

  • The current trends in the emergency department as related to addicts seeking care
  • The characteristics of opioid addiction and pill-seeking behavior
  • Nonopioid alternatives for the treatment of acute pain

Continuing Education Credits for Physicians

American Medical Association


Norton Healthcare is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Norton Healthcare designates this enduring material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

HB1/Prescribing Controlled Substances

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure has approved the podcast “Use and Abuse – Opioid Addiction” for .50 HB1 credit hours. ID# 1019-H.50-NHC4c.

About the “MedChat” podcast: “MedChat” is a monthly podcast that fills a unique professional gap and is structured around a conversation addressing key issues for each topic. The podcasts last 30 minutes, providing continuing education on-the-go.

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