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Proper Prescribing: Chemical Dependency & Prescription Writing


Dr. Stephen Loyd

June 1, 2024



CE Credits:

About the Course

Dr. Loyd's talk will cover the role of genetics, trauma, and opportunity in the development of the disease of addiction.  We will look at the importance of a system of care for those being treated with OUD.  We will close with a case study of improper prescribing of controlled substances.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand addiction as a neurochemical process of the brain rather than a moral failure.

  • Understand the role of genetics, trauma, and opportunity in the development of the disease of addiction.

  • Become aware of the importance of the system of care for the treatment of those with Opioid Use Disorder.

  • Be able to identify "Red flags" for the misuse of prescribed controlled substances.

Your Instructor

Dr. Stephen Loyd

Dr. Stephen Loyd is an Internal Medicine/Addiction Medicine physician who graduated medical school and residency from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. He currently serves as the Vice-President of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Loyd was the Assistant Commissioner (Opioid Czar) for Substance Abuse Services in the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Governor Bill Haslam’s administration. He has served as an expert witness in more than twenty federal and state cases against physicians who were improperly prescribing controlled substances. Dr. Loyd was named an Advocate for Action by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), an office of the President of the United States. He has delivered over five hundred educational lectures on addiction and treatment of opioid use disorder and proper prescribing of controlled substances. Learn More.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

None reported

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