May 2, 2024 | Overview of the CAC’s Proposed Position on Supervised Withdrawal Management | ME SUD Learning Community



May 2, 2024 | 12:00-1:00pm



Learning Objectives:



woman smiling at cameraRachel Solotaroff, MD

Withdrawal management for opioids in the fentanyl era is a rapidly evolving field, presenting new challenges to buprenorphine induction, including delayed time to induction, a higher risk of precipitated withdrawal, and idiosyncratic reactions. Many providers in Maine have had limited experience with supervised withdrawal management and the adoption of new ASAM guidelines. This presentation will outline the Maine Opioid Response Opioid Clinical Advisory Committees’ proposed position on withdrawal management in a supervised setting. It will also examine how Clinic-level recommendations can address the lack of access to supervised withdrawal management and improve outcomes and retention for patients.

Amelia Hersey, PA-C

Amelia Hersey, PA-C, is the lead physician assistant with the Community Care and Geriatrics team at Penobscot Community Healthcare, working in skilled nursing and long-term care for the past 8 years. Also, she has been the lead provider for the New Horizons Detox Unit in Hampden (a ten-bed withdrawal management unit for acute opioid and alcohol withdrawal) since it opened in 2018. She began combining these two fields in 2018 by treating patients in skilled rehab and long-term care facilities who are on medication for opioid use disorder.


Prescribing clinicians and their teams

Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will be awarded a certificate of participation with a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Contact Hours
1 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals.
1 Category I contact hours for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hours for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
1 contact hours CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.