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Addiction Medicine Grand Rounds

Benzodiazepines: The Other Epidemic

Presenter Details
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Christopher Blazes, MD
Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship; Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University

Dr. Blazes is an assistant professor of psychiatry and emergency medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). He is triple board-certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and emergency medicine and is the director of the OHSU Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Blazes is a clinician educator whose practice is based out of the Portland VA Medical Center. He lectures widely and publishes on such topics as benzodiazepines, buprenorphine and the neurobiology of addiction and recovery. He is currently the principal investigator for a trial studying buprenorphine inductions on patients using fentanyl. He also recently published an article in JAMA Psychiatry describing a new clinical entity, "Complex Persistent Benzodiazepine Dependence" as well as an article “Reconsidering the Usefulness of Adding Naloxone to Buprenorphine.”

Learning Objectives
  • Consequences of chronic benzodiazepine use
  • Strategies for deprescribing benzodiazepines
  • Concept of complex persistent benzodiazepine dependence
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).  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 1, 2022 - 12:00pm




Steven Schaefer
College of Medicine – Tucson
Department of Psychiatry
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