‘MedChat’ podcast, episodes 5 and 6: Medically assisted treatment for opioid use disorder

Episodes five and six of the “MedChat” podcast are now available.

Both episodes, “Medically Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder,” a two-part topic, address the rise in overdose fatalities in Kentucky. It is critical for physicians and providers to be aware of the prevalence of illegal drugs and understand this culture — as legal prescribing guidelines and availability continue to be more restrictive, and addicted patients may seek their “high” from illegal sources.

Moderator James T. Jennings, M.D., executive medical director, adult primary care and provider well-being, Norton Medical Group; speaks with Jonathan W. Weeks, M.D. Dr. Weeks is a maternal-fetal medicine physician with Norton Children’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine and is medical director of the Norton Maternal Opiate and Substance Treatment (MOST) Program.

Topics addressed in episode five include:

  • Medically assisted therapy (MAT) for opioid addiction
  • Food and Drug Administration-approved medications for opioid use disorder
  • Indications, benefits and limitations of MAT; including the pregnant patient
  • Psychological effects of opiate withdrawal

Topics addressed in episode six include:

  • Effectiveness of MAT for opioid addictions.
  • Mechanisms of antagonist therapy
  • Treatment guidelines for MAT

This activity is supported in part with a grant from Cardinal Health.

Physician Credits

American Medical Association



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


Norton Healthcare designates Parts One and Two of this enduring material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ each. 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 “Medically Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder – Part One and Part Two” for .50 HB1 credit hours each. ID# 0519-H.50-NHC6b.

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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