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

May 2022


MACS TeleECHO Clinics

Join our virtual TeleECHO learning communities for continuous case-based discussions and didactic presentations linking expert specialist teams with healthcare providers and their practices.

Spring 2022 cycles are in session!


Opioid Treatment Program Clinic

Low Threshold Approach

Wednesday, May 4

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm 

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Maternal Health Clinic

Initiation and Dosing of Buprenorphine

Tuesday, May 10

8:00 am - 9:00 am

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Primary Care Clinic

Using the right words: Appropriate language in relation to substance use

Wednesday, May 18

12:30 - 1:45 pm

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Virtual Trainings

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Children's Mental Health Matters Webinar

Approaches to co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders in youth

Friday, May 6 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm

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PCSS 8-Hour Buprenorphine Waiver Training

Designed for OBGYN Providers

Tuesday, May 17 | 8:00 am - 5:15 pm


Special Event


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Children's Mental Health Awareness Twitter Chat

Wednesday, May 25 | 8 pm

MACS, BHIPP, and other organizations will be participating as panelists in Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas's annual Children's Mental Health Awareness Twitter Chat.

Use or follow the hashtag #ElevateTheConvo to help spread awareness and resources on Twitter!


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National Perinatal Association Conference

MACS for MOMs poster presentation

May 2 - 4, 2022 | Attend virtually or in-person

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MD/DC Society of Addiction Medicine Spring Educational Conference

MACS will be tabling

May 7, 2022 | Virtual



Driven by fentanyl, rates of fatal teen overdoses doubled in 2020

While data shows fewer teens experimented with illicit drugs, the overdose death rate among US adolescents nearly doubled from 2019 to 2020.


Drug treatment: There's an app for that too, and University of Maryland Medical Center Center Midtown has been testing it with positive results

The Center for Addiction Medicine at the UMMC Midtown Campus released a mobile app, reSET-O, for patients with opioid use disorder. Through the app patients can access cognitive behavioral therapy for guidance in shifting their thought processes and actions, counseling, and medications.


Perceived Racism and Demographic, Mental Health, and Behavioral Characteristics Among High School Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey, United States, January–June 2021

About one in three high school students in this study reported experiencing racism within their lifetime. This study calls for clear steps to promote awareness and mitigate racism in schools as a means to also help reduce negative mental health and behavioral characteristics associated with perceived racism.


Buprenorphine treatment retention and comorbidities among patients with opioid use disorder in a primary care setting

This study utilized EHR data to examine comorbidities among patients receiving buprenorphine in primary care and evaluate their relationship to treatment retention. MACS Consultant and Johns Hopkins Professor, Dr. Michael Fingerhood, is an author of this study.


Longitudinal Analysis of Substance Use Disorder Symptom Severity at Age 18 Years and Substance Use Disorder in Adulthood

In this national multicohort study of 5317 individuals followed from ages 18 to 50 years, the majority of adolescents with the most severe SUD symptoms had 2 or more SUD symptoms in adulthood. 


Association of Duration of Methadone or Buprenorphine Use During Pregnancy With Risk of Nonfatal Drug Overdose Among Pregnant Persons With Opioid Use Disorder in the US

In this cohort study, a longer duration of MOUD use was associated with a meaningful reduction in overdose risk among pregnant persons with OUD.



MACS Phone Line Will Be Closed

May 30 - Memorial Day

MACSpotlight: April

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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, 5/20.

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May Observances

Mental Health Month

Nurses Month

May 2 - 6

Maternal Mental Health Week


May 2 - 6

Children's Mental Health Matters Week


May 10

Fentanyl Awareness Day


May 8 - 14

Prevention Week


May 9 - 14

Women's Health Week

Policy Update

Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act | Realizing Parity, Reducing Stigma, and Raising Awareness: Increasing Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Coverage

New Resources to Help People Seeking Care to Understand and Access Protections Offered Under the Parity Law for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits




LGBTQI+ Youth – Like All Americans, They Deserve Evidence-Based Care


Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner's Guide

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CME/MOC article: How Would You Treat This Patient With Acute and Chronic Pain From Sickle Cell Disease?


Perinatal Care Podcast: Making a Plan for Equitable Care


Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Planning, Development, and Implementation Grants


Recorded webinarMental Health and Addiction Parity: Ensuring Equal Coverage in Medicaid and Marketplace Plans

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