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Ethanol Withdrawal and the Utility of Benzos vs Barbiturates in its Treatment

Addiction Medicine Grand Rounds
Presenter Details
Geoffrey Smelski, PharmD
Geoffrey Smelski, PharmD
Clinical Education Director
Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center

Geoffrey Smelski, PharmD is the clinical education director for the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center. The majority of his time is divided between teaching toxicology at the center and working on a variety of research projects. A few days per month he serves as an attending toxicologist for the poison center, where he leads a diverse teaching service of physicians and pharmacists in the clinical management for acutely poisoned patients in approximately 60 different hospitals across Arizona. Originally from upstate New York, he moved with his family to AZ in 2018 for fellowship training in clinical toxicology. His special interests are in the field of neuropharmacology, specifically with regards to studying how different interventions may influence the pathophysiology of ethanol dependence.

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Zoom Passcode: 090010

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the basic concepts around neuroadaptive processes
  • Apply those concepts to the pharmacology of ethanol
  • Establish the pathophysiology of acute ethanol withdrawal in a patient that has developed physical dependence
  • Review some of the major clinical literature regarding managing ethanol withdrawal
  • Compare the pharmacodynamic properties of benzos & barbiturates with the pathophysiology of ethanol dependence
  • Incorporate an understanding of acute ethanol withdrawal pathophysiology and medication pharmacodynamics into treatment decisions
CME Credit/Disclaimer

Accreditation Statement:
The University of Arizona College of Medicine ‐ Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine ‐ Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement(s):
All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 12:00pm
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Steven Schaefer
College of Medicine – Tucson
Department of Psychiatry
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