In February 2012, a conference titled “Management of Benzodiazepines in Medication-Assisted Treatment” was held in Philadelphia, PA. It was sponsored by Philadelphia DBHIDS, IRETA, Community Care Behavioral Health, and SAMHSA.

Conference description: Published literature, treatment protocols and guidelines demonstrate variation and inconsistency in clinical practice regard benzodiazepine management in medication-assisted treatment. In recognition of a need to establish evidence-based best practice recommendations for the safe and effective use of benzodiazepines in combination with opioid medications, the conference sought to identify current practices and outstanding questions. Regional and national experts offered research updates, pinpointed questions and kicked off a project to develop a working set of guidelines on the management of benzodiazepines in the context of medication-assisted addiction treatment.

Conference Slideshow Presentations

Rates of Benzodiazepine Use in Medication-Assisted Treatment in Pennsylvania and Nationally

Settings and Coordination of Care

Drug InteractionsĀ benzo conference

Risk Management and Patient Education

Development of Clinical Guidelines

Conference Video

Video of each presentation is available on YouTube here

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Other Materials

Photos from the conference are available here