Why choose SURGE for a training on treating patients who have substance use disorder?

As a Philadelphia based program, SURGE has faculty who practice in Philadelphia and understand the unique aspects of our city’s patient population, health systems, and drug supply.   Most of our trainings are small group sessions, allowing us to focus on your learning development because we take the time to assess what you need to learn and customize training to help you get the most out of the time you spend with us.

Are sessions recorded?

We record our case review sessions, special topics, and series events. Our collaborative meetings and preceptor courses are not recorded because we want participants to feel free to ask questions and discuss challenging topics.

I’d like to schedule a Narcan training for my site. Can you help?

You can request a Narcan training from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health by completing this form.

What are the FDA approved medications to treat Opioid Use Disorder?

Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone. For more information, please refer to SAMHSA.

Are there other medications to treat other substance use disorders?

At this time, evidence-based medications are used to treat Nicotine Use Disorder, Alcohol Use Disorder, and Opioid Use Disorder.

What is a "harm reduction" approach to working with people who use drugs?

Harm reduction is often referred to as ‘meeting a person where they are.’ This approach acknowledges and supports the autonomy and dignity of a person who uses drugs and offers support to reduce the risks associated with drug use. Additional information about harm reduction can be found at https://harmreduction.org/.

Why should I treat patients who use drugs in my practice?

Patients who use drugs are at risk for overdose and death, as well as other negative health outcomes. Medical providers can offer evidence-based treatment that can reduce the risk of infections or death by offering medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), Narcan, and information about how to use drugs more safely. Ultimately, when there are ways to treat medical conditions, medical providers should be willing to use their skills to help people live longer, healthier lives.