The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

A Learning Collaborative to Expand SBIRT into Hospitals and Other Medical Settings

Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse and Doctor Shopping: Prescribing Guidelines and Intervention Skills for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals

Free webinar produced in partnership with The BIG InitiativeNational SBIRT ATTC, and NORC


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This free webinar will focus on the epidemic of prescription drug abuse including the phenomenon of doctor shopping. A history of the epidemic along with a review of literature and explanation of the neurological basis of addiction will be included. Additionally evidence based measures and strategies related to universal precautions when controlled medications are prescribed will be highlighted. The webinar will also include tips on reducing barriers to treating patients with substance use disorders such as stigma, and strategies to identify and treat substance use disorders in patients including motivational interviewing, medication assisted treatment, and other treatment options.
Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Discuss historical aspects of the development of the phenomenon of prescription drug abuse including the physical, societal and financial outcomes;
  • Define doctor shopping including the experience of patients and prescribers related to doctor shopping;
  • Identify characteristics of patients at high risk for prescription drug abuse including tactics used when engaging in doctor shopping;
  • Describe evidence based measures when prescribing controlled medications to identify, reduce or prevent the incidence of prescription drug abuse; and
  • Describe the physiology of addiction and evidence based interventions to treat substance use disorders.

Julie Worley, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor and researcher at Rush University

Dr. Worley has over 30 years of experience in nursing. She is an assistant professor and researcher at Rush University in their psychiatric nurse practitioner doctorate of nursing practice program. Her research focus is on prescription drug abuse prevention. She is dual certified as a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner provides primary and psychiatric care to patients in her clinical practice at Haymarket Center, a large substance abuse treatment facility in Chicago.

Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD

Associate Professor in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Section and Department of Psychiatry at Rush Medical College

Dr. Karnik is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing at the Rush College of Nursing and the Medical Director of the Road Home Program: Center for Veterans and their Families, and Director of the Rush University Life Course SBIRT Training Program. He concurrently serves as an Associate Faculty Member of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on community-based interventions for high-risk populations with psychiatric and substance use disorders. In the past, he has worked with refugee children on the Pakistan-Afghan border, street children in India, foster youth in Central Illinois, and incarcerated youth in California. He worked at a youth homeless shelter in San Francisco and is continuing this work with homeless youth in Chicago. The major focus of his research is on using mobile health technologies to bridge the needs of vulnerable youth and enable providers to deliver services to at-risk populations.


Tracy McPherson, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago