Harm Reduction 2.0 | Unsafe Supply: Clinical Practice Implications & Future Directions

Join Anna McConnell, FNP-BC, and Kinna Thakarar, DO, for Unsafe Supply: Clinical Practice Implications & Future Directions.

Learning Objectives:

1) Review the epidemiology of overdoses and infectious complications of substance use in Maine

2) Recognize the significance of unsafe supply, with contaminants such as xylazine, and its clinical implications

3) Identify opportunities to advocate for safe supply, such as community drug checking programs


Prescribing clinicians and their teams

Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series 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.

Contact Hours

1 contact hour for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
1 Category I contact hour for psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hour CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
1 contact hour pending for alcohol and drug counselors from the board of alcohol and drug counselors


  • Anna McConnell

    Anna McConnell (she/her) is the Director of Drug User Health Services at Maine Access Points, a state-wide harm reduction organization that provides overdose education and naloxone distribution, syringe access services, and drug user health services. Anna graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to attending nursing school in Maine, Anna worked in San Francisco at GLIDE Foundation providing harm reduction services in the Tenderloin.

  • Kinna Thakarar
    Kinna Thakarar
    DO, MPH

    Dr. Kinna Thakarar is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Maine Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine in Portland, Maine. She is board-certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and addiction medicine and has a special interest in health services research related to the ID/ substance use disorder syndemic. She completed ID fellowship and additional addiction medicine training at Boston Medical Center. She provides infectious disease and addiction medicine care at a variety of sites, including, MMC, MMP ID, Preble Street Learning Collaborative, and also precepts trainees at the Gilman (HIV/hepatitis) clinic in Portland.


Jun 07 2023


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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