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Xylazine 101 Cara Zimmerman, MD, MBA

Xylazine 101

Cara Zimmerman, MD, MBA

After this training, the participant should feel more comfortable counseling their patients on the dangers of xylazine, a new compound that is in the white powder (opioids and stimulants) drug supply. This presentation emphasizes harm reduction in the setting of patients with substance use disorder, stressing that one can help someone who may not be ready for complete abstinence from harmful drug use.

  • Appreciate appropriate use of xylazine and why it is not used in humans
  • Learn the “street names” of xylazine
  • Explore the prevalence of xylazine in Maine
    Understand how to talk to your clients about xylazine
  • Appreciate the subtle differences of what a xylazine overdose response should look like (specifically, when to use Naloxone and rescue breathing)
  • Discuss wound care and safe injection practices to reduce harms from xylazine

This course is self-paced and the estimated time to complete is approximately 90 minutes. In addition to viewing the 60-minute video presentation, learners must earn a score of 80% or higher on a post-assessment and complete the post evaluation to receive contact hours or CME credits for completing the course. Supplemental course materials (i.e. pdf of slides) are also provided.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course qualifies for 1. credits of the 3 CME credit requirement for opioid medication education found in P.L. 2015, Chapter 488, Maine’s legislation to address the opioid drug crisis.

  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour (includes viewing recording, and completing both the quiz and evaluation)
  • Registration Fee: FREE for Maine Clinicians
  • CME Credits Offered: 1
  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser.
  • You must have javascript enabled.
  • The quiz tools thin the online modules are not fully compatible with smartphones or tablets. In order to avoid issues, such as answers not being recorded, we recommend using a computer to complete the pre- and post-tests.

At the end of the course, there is a post-test, and you will have as many attempts as needed to earn a grade of 80% or higher to receive contact hours or CME credit. The survey to evaluate the course at the conclusion is also required to receive credit.