Opioids in Alaska - Addiction, Opioid Dependency and the Understanding of Pain


A learning resource for people who respond to the opioid epidemic in Alaska, including health professionals and mental health providers.

11 hours of continuing education credits available. This addiction series consists of eight web-based courses which provide an in-depth analysis of opiates, their benefits, risks in the treatment of pain, and interventions
when addiction occurs. Courses can be taken individually and in any order.

Training is offered at no cost.


  • Overview of the Epidemic: The History — One Nation Overdosed, Paula Colescott, MD - .75 hr
  • Understanding Pain, The Benefits of Opioids: Weighing the Risk for Addiction, Heath McAnally, MD - 1.75 hr
  • Addiction Theory and Risk Factors, Joshua Sonkiss, MD - 1 hr
  • Addictive Thinking Patterns: Boundaries, Therapeutic Interventions, Joshua Sonkiss, MD - 2.0 hr
  • Psychiatric Co-Morbidities Commonly Seen with Addiction, Alexander Von Hafften, MD - 1.5 hr
  • Intoxication, Withdrawal and Overdose: The Opioid Toxidromes, Paula Colescott, MD - 1.75 hr
  • Medication Assisted Treatment: Methadone, Buprenorphine, Vivitrol, Paula Colescott, MD - 1 hr
  • Office of Children’s Services (OCS) Intervention/Family, Travis Erickson, MS, MBA - 1.25 hr

Continuing Education Credits:
Physician: This Enduring Material activity, Addiction, Opioid Dependency and the Understanding of Pain, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins 10/01/2019. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers: The University of Alaska Anchorage School of Social Work has approved this activity for Social Work Contact hours.

Dental: The Alaska Board of Dental Examiners has reviewed and approved this course for Dental credits for a period of two years from
09/15/2019-09/15/2021. Participants must download and sign the appropriate Dental certificate upon completion of each course.


This is a collaborative partnership of the University of Alaska’s College of
Health, Department of Human Services and the Department of Health and
Social Service’s Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention.

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