Pennsylvanian perspectives on opioids, pain and addiction, University of Stirling, Wednesday, 18. September 2019

The Drugs Research Network for Scotland is delighted to present an interactive seminar with Dr Peggy Compton (Associate Professor of Nursing) and Dr Marty Cheatle (Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry) from the University of Pennsylvania. Both colleagues have a strong research interest in the determinants and sequelae of opioid use and misuse among pain and addiction patients, and bring insights from their research and practice in the disciplines of Nursing and Psychiatry.
The aims of this event are to:

Share learning and emerging findings from the USA with colleagues in Scotland.
Inform discussions about how this learning can inform Scottish policy and practice.
Explore the potential for subsequent Scottish academic and clinical research, including international collaborations with colleagues from Penn University and their networks.

This event will be of interest to academics, practitioners, policy makers and technical experts working across Scotland. It will be of specific interest to medics and nurses working in the pain and/or addictions fields.
Dr Peggy Compton
Dr Compton explores the phenomena of opioid-induced hyperalgesia and addiction in patients on opioid therapy for the treatment of chronic pain.  Her current work with chronic pain patients evaluates deprescribing strategies, determine if managed tapering results in improved pain perception, and evaluate the role of responsible opioid prescribing to minimise untoward outcomes in this population.  Dr Compton’s work is grounded in her neuropsychiatric nursing practice in addiction and pain treatment settings and involves the testing and refinement of a novel nursing theory that pain and opiate addiction are interrelated phenomena co-expressed in unique human life responses.
Dr Marty Cheatle
Dr Cheatle specializes in the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain disorders from a biopsychosocial perspective and has been involved in extensive research into pain management and addiction in vulnerable populations (HIV/AIDS, psychiatric patients) and into pain and suicidal ideation and behaviour.Dr Cheatle recently completed a NIH-funded 5-year longitudinal study of the development of addiction in patients initiating prescription opioid therapy for chronic pain. He is currently Principal Investigator of a NIH/NIDA grant assessing phenotypic and genotypic markers of prescription opioid abuse.
Draft Programme
11:00   Registration and lunch
11:45   Welcome and introduction
12:00   Dr Peggy Compton: Opioid induced hyperalgesia and Opioid Use Disorders: the Science and the Myths.
12:45   Dr Marty Cheatle:  Pain, Substance Abuse and *******: Epidemiology, Risk Assessment and Mitigation.
  1:30   Discussion on implications for Scottish policy and practice, and priorities for clinical research in Scotland.
  2:00   Feedback
  2:15   Closing comments
  2:30   Meeting ends.  Opportunity for networking with delegates and faculty over refreshments.

Wednesday, 18. September 2019, University of Stirling, Pennsylvanian perspectives on opioids, pain and addiction

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