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Benzodiazepines: Challenges and Solutions

Benzodiazepines: Challenges and Solutions

Presented by Christopher Blazes, MD

This three-part course aims to offer a comprehensive overview of benzodiazepines, potent psychoactive substances with significant clinical utility. While invaluable in appropriate contexts, their misuse has led to physiological dependence and addiction. Discontinuation or tapering can pose challenges, resulting in complex clinical scenarios and patient interactions. While tapering has been the conventional standard for deprescribing, there’s growing interest in exploring alternative methods supported by emerging evidence. Additionally, some patients experience chronic sequelae from long-term benzodiazepine use even after extended periods of abstinence.

  • Develop an understanding of complex persistent benzodiazepine dependence
  • Gain exposure to underutilized alternatives to benzodiazepine tapers for discontinuation.
  • Review the sequela of long-term benzodiazepine use.
  • Review the historical perspective of benzodiazepine marketing and how it led to them being prescribed predominantly to women.

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:  hour (includes viewing recording, and completing both the quiz and evaluation)
  • Registration Fee: FREE for Maine Clinicians
  • CME Credits Offered: 
  • 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.