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Harm Reduction and Medication Assisted Treatment

Friday, August 12, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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  • Compare the relationship between Opioid Use Disorder and Harm Reduction with Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT).
  • Address stigma by the public health providers.
  • List the medications used in MAT.


Frank Filippelli , DO, PhD

Dr. Filippelli serves as the medical director at UCS Healthcare. He is a native of Des Moines, Iowa and attended Lincoln High School and the University of Iowa. Dr. Filippelli received his undergraduate degree in Pharmacy and then completed his Master’s degree and PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the UI College of Pharmacy. He has worked as a pharmacist in various pharmacies in Des Moines, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Dr. Filippelli received post-graduate training at the Dalton Research Center at the University of Missouri, Columbia. After his post-doctoral studies he pursued an academic career at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences from January 1986 through May 1995. There he was recognized by Iowa Pharmacy Association and was a participant in the Young Pharmacist’s Leadership Conference. After leaving Drake, Dr. Filippelli attended medical school at Des Moines University, graduating in June 1999 and then completed his residency in Family Medicine in 2002 at the Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation in Cedar Rapids. Dr. Filippelli began working as a physician in February 2003 with the Iowa Department of Corrections and continues as primary care provider for the Newton Correctional Facility. He joined UCS Healthcare in November 2010 as medical director, supervising the care of clients undergoing medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction. In July 2011, he was asked to serve as medical director for the Des Moines facility for Prelude Behavioral Services, which provides short-term inpatient care for treatment of addictions and continues providing medical care to clients with addictions at these facilities.

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