May 23, 2024 | Inpatient Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder | ME SUD Learning Community



May 23, 2024 | 12:00-1:00pm


This review will briefly describe the underlying pathophysiology of opioid use disorder and medication used to treat withdrawal and cravings. The focus of the pharmacotherapy options will be the partial opioid agonist buprenorphine. The pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of buprenorphine will be discussed in depth as well as initiation strategies for diverse clinical scenarios.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of opioid use disorder
  2. Review medications used in the treatment of OUD and withdrawal
  3. Discuss the pharmacology of buprenorphine
  4. Identify continuation and initiation strategies of buprenorphine in the inpatient setting


Nicolette Centanni, Pharm D, BCPS, BCGP, BCPP

Nicolette is clinical pharmacist at Maine Medical Center who specializes in internal medicine and psychiatry. She works closely with the addiction medicine team to deliver the most effective and up to date care for people with substance use disorders. Some of this work includes education on treating pain in people with opioid use disorder and creating a robust order set for the inpatient initiation of buprenorphine. She lives in Portland, Maine with her partner, 2 kids, 3 dogs and 2 cats!






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.

1 contact hours for Pharmacists pending approval by the Maine Board of Pharmacy