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Journal of Opioid Management Webinar Series: COVID-19 and Opioid Use Disorder

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Journal of Opioid Management ® Webinar Series COVID-19 and Opioid Use Disorder

Tales from the front lines: An alarming rise in hospitalizations related to opioid use disorder in the era of COVID-19

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Abstract: This 60-minute webinar will explore an alarming rise in hospitalizations related to opioid use disorder and provide behavioral health resources to assist medical professionals in disaster response. The COVID-19 pandemic has had harmful effects on the opioid epidemic. While a negative effect was predicted, the presenters will report on this reality in the hospital setting. They have seen a sharp rise in hospitalized patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). their data should encourage ongoing efforts to reduce barriers in accessing medications for treatment, harm reduction interventions and additional education for trainees, primary care providers, and hospitalists alike. In the current climate, these interventions are critical to save the lives of patients with OUD. Once you have completed viewing the webinar, CLICK HERE to take our post webinar survey. To view the other episodes of the series go to: CLICK HERE


Noel Ivey, MD

Noel Ivey, MD attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed her training in Internal Medicine at the Oregon Health & Sciences University Hospital in Portland, Oregon in 2010. From 2010-2017, she worked as a hospitalist at the Charles George Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina. She joined the faculty at Duke University Hospital in 2017. She currently serves as co-director of Project COMET – Caring for patients with Opioid Misuse through Evidence-based Treatment, a quality improvement project seeking to improve care for hospitalized patients with opioid use disorder. Additionally, she is actively involved in clinical trial work for hospitalized patients with COVID-19, and she has a special interest in physician wellness.

Dana Clifton, MD

Dana Clifton, MD is an Assistant Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics at Duke University. Dr. Clifton attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies. She attended Duke University for her medical degree and was inducted into AOA. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Clifton works clinically as a Medicine/Pediatrics hospitalist, rounding on both General Medicine and Pediatrics services. Dr. Clifton is the Co-Medical Director of Project COMET, a program designed to improve the care of hospitalized patients with opioid use disorder and withdrawal at Duke University Hospital. She is the Associate Medical Director for Quality Improvement within the Duke Hospital Medicine Program. Dr. Clifton is also the Associate Director for Pediatric Undergraduate Medical Education and Pediatric Sub-Internship Director.

Shavone Hamilton, LCSW

Shavone Hamilton, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master of Social Work from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Social Work from Iona College. She has worked in the behavioral health field since 1999 and has experience in community behavioral health administration. Shavone joined Duke University Hospital in 2019. Shavone is currently an adult inpatient clinical social worker, where she is a member of the Opioid Use Disorder and Withdrawal consult team, also known as Project COMET (Caring for Patients with Opioid Misuse through Evidence-based Treatment).

Richard C. Dart, MD, PhD

Dr. Dart is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Medical Toxicology. Since 1992 he has served as the Director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. He is the Executive Director of Researched Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction-Related Surveillance (RADARS®) System. He has published more than 250 papers and chapters as well as served as editor for the book The 5-Minute Toxicology Consult and the 3rd edition of Medical Toxicology. In 2002 he was recognized with a special citation from the Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. He was the 2004 recipient of the American College of Medical Toxicology Matthew J. Ellenhorn Award for Excellence in Medical Toxicology. He also serves as a Deputy Editor of the medical journal Annals of Emergency Medicine and is past-president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.


Funding for this training/webinar has been provided by The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number U45ES019350, in association with Nova Southeastern University.


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