The latest in substance use disorders and pain management education for healthcare providers

September 2022

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Hello Anna,

Recovery Month explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contribute to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. By asserting that “Recovery is for Everyone,” we reduce the stigma surrounding people with substance use or mental health disorders, especially when complicated by oppressive forces like white supremacy, systemic racism, punitive criminal justice systems, and policy that excludes less privileged people. Recovery is always person-first. “Meeting people where they are at” translates into acknowledging their unique experiences and needs, including people of different cultures, identities, backgrounds, and communities. 

Explore the resources in this newsletter to learn about creating life-saving opportunities.


Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities

MACS for MOMs Webinar: Caring for Pregnant Women with OUD During Hospitalization and Postpartum Care After Discharge

Tuesday, September 6 | 2:00 pm


Fight Stigma in the Pharmacy: Using the Right Words to Support Patients with Opioid Use Disorder Webinar

Monday, September 12 | 12:00 pm


Half & Half Buprenorphine Waiver Training

Virtual CME training opportunities

Tuesday, September 13 | 8:30 am - 12:45 pm


Tuesday, October 4 | 8:30 am - 12:45 pm


Are you a Maryland healthcare provider, peer, or agency interested in participating in the Recovery Month Twitter Chat?

>>> Email anna.whitney@som.umaryland.edu.

Half & Half Buprenorphine Waiver Training

In-person at the Maryland Rural Health Conference

Sunday, October 23 | 12:30 - 4:45 pm


MACS ECHO Clinics | Fall 2022 Cycle

This fall, join our virtual ECHO learning communities for continuous case-based discussions and didactic presentations linking expert specialist teams with healthcare providers and their practices.


Opioid Treatment Program ECHO Clinic

Methadone and QTc

September 7 | 12:30 pm

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Maternal Health ECHO Clinic

Treatment of OUD During Pregnancy

September 13 | 8 am

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Primary Care ECHO Clinic

Interventions to improve retention and care continuity

September 21 | 12:30 pm

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Are you attending the Maryland Rural Health Conference? Don't miss ECHO: Leveraging 21st Century Technology for MD Rural Health Provider Outreach presented by Qivon Annan, MACS ECHO Coordinator. Conference details below.


Maryland Psychiatric Society Conference

MACS will be tabling

September 7 - 11 | Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

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Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants (MdAPA) CME Conference

MACS will be tabling

September 14 - 17 | Ocean City, MD


Tuerk Conference on Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

MACS will be tabling

September 15 | Baltimore Convention Center


MAAPC Pharmacology Update 2022

MACS will be tabling

September 24 | Anne Arundel Community College


The 2022 Maryland Rural Health Conference: Defining Rural Health and Putting the Pieces Together

Members of the MACS team will be presenting and tabling

October 24 - 25 | Rocky Gap Resort in Flintstone, MD


Interested in expanding access to services for substance use and chronic pain management?


We are looking for a health program specialist to engage Maryland health care providers with MACS services. To learn more about the position and access the application, click the link below.

Come work with us!


Reducing opioid use disorder and overdose deaths in the United States: A dynamic modeling analysis

This dynamic modeling analysis used a system dynamics simulation model of the U.S. opioid-using population ages 12 and older to explore the impacts of 11 strategies on the prevalence of opioid use disorder.


Provider Characteristics Associated with Trust When Caring for Women Experiencing Substance Use Disorders in the Perinatal Period

The purpose of this study was to identify provider characteristics associated with the development of trust when caring for women experiencing SUD during the perinatal period.


Effect of a Peer-Led Behavioral Intervention for Emergency Department Patients at High Risk of Fatal Opioid Overdose: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Can peer-led behavioral interventions in the emergency department for patients who have had a recent opioid overdose increase short-term treatment engagement after the emergency department visit?


Pharmacists Fight to Take on Opioid Use Disorder

MACS Consultant, Bethany DiPaula, PharmD, was interviewed in this article about increasing access to medications for OUD. "Having pharmacists be able to prescribe or order these medications where it is part of their scope of practice could go a long way to expanding access."


Pharmacy staff questions related to substance use or chronic pain? Call 1-855-337-MACS or visit our pharmacists page.

Effects of Substance Use, Recovery, and Non–Drug-Related Online Community Participation on the Risk of a Use Episode During Remission From Opioid Use Disorder: Longitudinal Observational Study

This study aims to understand whether engagement with a variety of Reddit subforums (subreddits) provides those in remission from opioid use disorder with social capital, thereby reducing their risk of a use episode over several years. 


Association of Methamphetamine and Opioid Use With Nonfatal Overdose in Rural Communities

This research reports using methamphetamine and opioids together increased the odds of nonfatal overdose more than each substance alone in rural populations. Harm reduction and substance use disorder treatment interventions must address methamphetamine use as well as opioids to decrease overdose in rural communities.



MACS Phone Line Will Be Closed

October 19 - Indigenous Peoples' Day

November 11 - Veterans Day

MACSpotlight: August

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Get to know the MACS team!

Each month we will feature a MACS team member in the #MACSpotlight.

Follow us on social media for the next #MACSpotlight on Friday, 9/16.

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September Observances

Recovery Month

Pain Awareness Month

Suicide Prevention Month

Certified Nurse Specialist Week: 9/1 - 9/7

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day: 9/9

Telehealth Awareness Week: 9/18 - 9/24

New National Mental Health Hotlines to Share with Patients

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Launched on 7/16


Recovery Research Institute

Self-Assessment for Modification of Anti-Racism Tool

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AAPM Continuing Medical Education Program

Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy

Standardizing the Clinical Definition of Opioid Withdrawal in the Neonate

Suicide and Overdose: The Leading Cause of Death for New Mothers

Monitoring the Future Panel Study Annual Report

TelehealthLocator – Practice Update Form

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