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Brown University

Fears, Bias and Discrimination - Substance Use Disorder Patient Care

Brown University via Independent


Program Release: June 20, 2021 Expiration Date: May 29, 2023 Estimated time to complete: 60 Minutes There are no prerequisites for participation Overview This lecture aims to increase provider awareness on the impact of fears, bias and discrimination when working with patient substance use disorder or those experiencing an overdose. It highlights the importance of the language we use as providers treating patients with substance use disorders and the need for using person-centered language in healthcare settings. It a covers the role of peer recovery specialists in patients’ journey to recovery and how providers can pitch the idea of connecting patients with peer recovery specialists and other treatment resources. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF FUNDING Funding provided by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ROI CE1900I Grant


After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to recognize: 

  1. The impact of fears, bias, and discrimination when working with patients with substance use disorders and/or those experiencing overdose
  2. The impact of person-centered language in healthcare settings
  3. The meaning of recovery capital and the roles of a peer recovery specialist
  4. How resources, treatment and peer recovery specialists can be offered to patients


  • Review the activity objectives, faculty information, and CME information prior to participating in the activity.
  • View the presentation
  • Complete the quiz with a passing score of 75% or higher, as well as the activity evaluation. You will then have immediate access to claiming credit and obtaining your certificate. 


In accordance with the disclosure policy of the Brown University CME Office as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers have been asked to disclose any relevant financial relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in any educational presentation and with any commercial supporters or exhibitors of this activity.

The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation but to identified openly so that the listener may form his/her own opinion. Any potential conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this presentation.

This activity may include discussion of off-label or investigative drugs uses. Speakers are aware that it is their responsibility to disclose to the audience this information. Individual Faculty Disclosure information may be found in the conference handouts.

Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest

Chris Dorval, MSW, LICSW has reported that he is a member of Alkermes Pharmaceuticals speaker’s bureau. Any potential conflict has been resolved.

The following speakers and planning committee members* have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:

Kristin Basso, MA, BSN, RN
Sarah Becker, PhD
Alexandra Collins, PhD, MSc
Catherine Schultz, MPH, CPRS
Elizabeth Samuels, MD, MPH, MHS
Kelli Scott, PhD
Maria Sullivan*
Rachel S. Wightman, MD
Siana Wood, RN, BSN


Privacy Policy: The Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and its educational partners protect the privacy of personal and other information regarding participants and educational collaborators. The CME Office maintains its Internet site as an information resource and service for physicians, other health professionals, and the public. The CME Office will keep your personal information confidential when you participate in a CME Internet-based program. CME collects only the information necessary to provide you with the services that you request.

Disclaimer: This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to Health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.


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