2023.06.07 | ME SUD Learning Community | Harm Reduction 2.0 | Unsafe Supply: Clinical Practice Implications & Future Directions


CME Provided | ME SUD Learning Community Webinar: Presented by Kinna Thakarar, DO | 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM


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2023.06.07  | 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Harm Reduction 2.0 | 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


About the Presenters

Anna McConnell, FNP-BC
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, DO
I’m board-certified in Infectious Disease, addiction medicine, and internal medicine, and I enjoy working with patients and their families to develop individualized, evidence-based treatment plans. I am also an affiliated investigator at the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, where my current research focuses on the intersection between substance use disorders and infectious diseases. I enjoy being an active member of several regional and national professional societies, as well as advocating for issues that impact the health of our community. Clinical Interest: HIV and AIDS, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, Infectious complications of substance use disorders, Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), Viral Hepatitis





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 Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors