This training challenges preconceptions about addiction and explains the evolution of its treatment as a chronic disease of the brain. The drug class of opioids includes the illegal drug heroin, as well as powerful prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others. This training will explain various factors that may provide a link to who becomes addicted to opioids, while expounding upon the neurobiology behind addiction. Participants will learn about the evidence-based medications and the accompanying psychosocial treatments that are being utilized to combat opioid use disorder.
Who should attend?
This training is intended for physicians, nurses and medical staff who work with medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, and emergency room and primary care physicians who are initiating work with patients who present with an opioid use disorder.
Dr. Hunt is an assistant professor with the Department of Psychiatry's Division of Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine. Dr. Hunt joined the University of Florida faculty in 2017 after completing the addiction medicine fellowship. Dr. Hunt earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois in 2002. He then completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Louisville in 2006.
Before becoming an addiction medicine physician, Dr. Hunt practiced obstetrics and gynecology for several years in Kentucky and Alabama and worked as an advanced drug and alcohol counselor at DACCO Behavioral Health in Tampa. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. He now practices addiction medicine at the UF Health Florida Recovery Center. Currently, his responsibilities include evaluating and treating healthcare professionals and caring for patients in the Dual Diagnosis Unit at UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital. He also provides consultation services at UF Shands Hospital as well as treatment for patients admitted to the Florida Recovery Center. Dr. Hunt’s interests and expertise are in obstetrics and gynecology, specifically opioid use disorders in pregnancy, substance use disorders, the evaluation and management of dual-diagnosis substance use disorders and substance-related impairment.
Dr. Stavros is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is currently the medical director in the Emergency Department at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola. He serves as faculty for FSUCares, a mission-oriented organization, which annually takes medical students to underserved populations to provide medical care. He is a member American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Christian Medical and Dental Society, Disaster Medical Assistance Team, Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine. He was awarded the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship and received his M.D. at Creighton University.
Dr. Stavros completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Ohio. Following clinical training, Dr. Stavros was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base where he practiced as an emergency physician and served as EMS director and medical director. After his honorable discharge in 2000, he continued to work as an emergency physician in the Florida panhandle and in Mississippi. He received the Avaya Small Business Award for a project that utilized telemedicine to provide care to a rural village in the country of Panama. He is also the medical director of the EMT/Paramedic program at Pensacola State College.