August 31, 2006

Rush University Medical Center’s Dr. Robert L. Barkin Will Be Key Speaker at Opioid Education Program at Northwestern

WESTON, Mass., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Robert L. Barkin, Associate Professor at Rush University Medical Center in the departments of Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Pharmacology, and Clinical Pharmacologist for the Rush Pain Center of Chicago and the Northshore Pain Center of Skokie, IL, will make two key presentations at the Opioid Education Program to be held at Northwestern University September 16 and 17. At this conference, Barkin will join a renowned team of pain and regulatory specialists to inform primary care physicians, pain specialists and other opioid prescribers in the uses, abuses, and legal ramifications of these powerful painkillers. Dr. Barkin's presentations are entitled "Acute and chronic pain management: a pharmacotherapeutic overview" and "Urine Drug Testing: which patient, which drug, and why."

The Opioid Education Program, to be held at Northwestern's Thorne Auditorium, is sponsored by the Opioid Management Society in association with the Journal of Opioid Management, and has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(TM) for physicians and ACPE approved continuing pharmacy education through the University of Kentucky Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine Continuing Education Office.

The Chicago conference is based on the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the inaugural Opioid Certification Program held April 22-23, 2006 at the Conference Center at Harvard Medical in Boston, Massachusetts. David Raper, a hospice and palliative medicine physician from Louisville, Kentucky who attended the Boston conference, voiced a sentiment shared by many: "The program was a first-rate educational experience with specific applications for my own work. I would highly recommend it to anyone involved in the prescription or management of opioids."

"With the Boston conference, we clearly proved the concept," said Conference Leader Robert E. Enck, MD, Professor of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, "that this is the exact kind of program every primary care physician, every opioid prescriber, needs to protect themselves from overzealous law enforcement officials while learning how to properly and compassionately prescribe opioids for their patients who need them." In addition to the Chicago conference, the Opioid Education Program will be held in three other locations in 2006: Philadelphia (Oct. 7-8), Miami (Oct. 28-29), and Houston (Nov. 11-12).

For more information or to register for the Chicago Opioid Education Program, please visit or call 800-743- 7206 x103.

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