Opioids and Health Complications: What to Look For and Treatment Updates

Unfortunately, with opioid use disorder so common, so are the health complications and conditions. If not prevented or caught early, these conditions cause significant medical complications at high costs, as well as adding to personal and family burdens. This program will explore what to look for and assess on your physical health review, what preventative measures regarding vaccinations can be done to mitigate health conditions, and will provide updates on the various treatments of health conditions related to intravenous drug use, e.g. endocarditis, HIV and Hepatitis C.



Kristin Silvia

Kristen Silvia, MD is the Primary Care Champion for Maine Medical Center’s new Integrated Medication Assisted Therapy (IMAT) Program. Dr. Silvia became interested in treating patients with substance use disorders while in residency and has been a provider of buprenorphine therapy for the treatment of opiate dependence to more than 120 patients over the past 10 years.

Kirrin Thakarar

Kirrin Thakarar, DO, MPH is an Infectious Disease (ID) physician with a special interest in addiction medicine, HIV/HCV and health services research. She received a BA in Health and Societies from University of Pennsylvania, DO from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Thakarar completed internal medicine residency at Cambridge Health Alliance and infectious disease fellowship and addiction medicine training at Boston Medical Center, where she conducted research on HIV/AIDS in underserved populations. She is currently an attending physician at InterMed and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Maine Medical Center.


  • 4.75 contact hours for nurses.
    CCSME Provider Unit is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by ANCC, NE-MSD or CCSME Provider Unit.

  • 4.75 contact hours pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

  • 4.75 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided.
    CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.

  • 4.75 contact hours for CHES.
    CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

  • Certificate of attendance for 4.75 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professionals.

  • Up to 4.75 CME Credits for Physicians and Physician Assistants.
    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.

Certificates will be emailed to participants upon completion of an online course evaluation. 


Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9:00 a.m.

Lunch will be on your own.

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