According to the CDC, the opioid epidemic has claimed nearly 450,000 overdose deaths from 1999-2018. In this presentation we will discuss the current statistics of the opioid epidemic, including trends due to recent advancements in addiction medicine. Treating addiction unequivocally requires the understanding that addiction is a brain disorder. We will discuss the addiction cycle as it relates to the brain disease model. Lastly, we will review how buprenorphine is used in a primary care setting and where providers can obtain their buprenorphine waivers.


1. Define epidemiology of opioid crisis and addiction

2. Discuss Neurobiology and pharmacokinetics of opioids

3. Identify criteria for the diagnoses of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

4. Discuss and evaluate the role of buprenorphine in Primary Care

About the Speaker(s):


Wendy Lin, MD

Wendy Lin, MD
PGY-3 Resident
Department of Family and Community Medicine
UT Health San Antonio


Financial Disclosures:

Wendy Lin, MD and her faculty mentor Tharani Ravi, MD have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

The Family & Community Medicine Professional Development and Grand Rounds Committee members (Marcy Wiemers, MD, Maria Del Pilar Montañez Villacampa, MD, Christine Song, DO, Nehman Andry, MD, Margaret Finley, MD, Andrew Dinh, DO, Maureen Alvarado, DO, Richel Avery, MD, Inez I. Cruz, PhD, and Nichole Rubio) have no relevant financial relationships to commercial interests to disclose.

The Family & Community Medicine Professional Development and Grand Rounds Committee member Carlos Roberto Jaén, MD has disclosed he receives royalties from General Practice and Family Medicine for being UpToDate Editor-in-Chief.


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (1.00 hours), Non-Physician Participation Credit (1.00 hours)

Target Audience:

Specialties – Primary Care; Family Medicine
Faculty, residents, other health care providers and staff from our department; physicians and health care providers from San Antonio and South Texas; and medical students in our third-year clerkship and fourth year rotations.


The UT Health Long San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:

The Long School of Medicine designates this live activity up to a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Attendance. For information on applicability and acceptance, please consult your professional licensing board.

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For activity related questions, please contact:
Name: Nichole Rubio- FCM Grand Rounds Coordinator
Email: rubion@uthscsa.edu

For CME general questions, please contact
Ph: (210) 567-4445
Email: cme@uthscsa.edu