Pain Management and the 2022 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain

Pain, in particular chronic pain, continues to impact physical functioning, mental health, and reduced quality of life, and is the leading cause of disability in the United States, leading to updated practice guidelines for prescribing opioids for pain. In addition, federal and state laws continue to evolve to support safe pain management practices and safe opioid prescribing practices, while prescriptive authority of various practitioners is expanding.

This self-paced activity provides learners with essential information that aims to expand their clinical knowledge and practical skills to become proficient at treating pain and prescribing controlled substances. 

This 3.0 hour online course is intended to meet state pain management re-licensure requirements as well as the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act for practitioners renewing or obtaining a new DEA license.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize epidemiologic scope of chronic pain and opioid use
  • Describe uses, benefits, and risks of opioid agonists, partial agonists, and antagonists
  • Interpret the 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids
  • Integrate a pain management plan into clinical practice involving nonpharmacological, nonopioid, and opioid therapies, while considering safety and efficacy profiles, drug-drug interactions, side effects, and dosage limits
  • Recognize key critical elements of patient counseling for safe and effective use of opioids, including storage and disposal
  • Describe emergency treatment procedures for suspected opioid overdoses
  • Identify treatment resources for opioid use disorder

Additional Information

PRIME Education, Inc. (PRIME®)
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AANP Contact Hours
  • 3.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Kevin O. Hwang, MD, MPH

Contributing Author

Professor of Medicine McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston Houston, TX 77030

Leah Molloy, PharmD

Contributing Author

Associate Director
PRIME Education, LLC
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Annette Sophin, MSMM, PA-C


Lisa Wakefield, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC


Jason Welch, MD

Peer Reviewer


*PRIME® has identified, reviewed, and mitigated all relevant financial relationships that speakers, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, or relevant staff disclose prior to the delivery of any educational activity.

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose:

  • Jason Welch, MD (Reviewer)
  • Kevin O. Hwang, MD, MPH (Author)
  • Leah Molloy, PharmD (Author)
  • Annette Sophin, MSMM, PA-C (Planner)
  • Lisa Wakefield, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (Planner)

All PRIME® staff participating in planning and content development have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Funding Disclosure

This activity is provided by PRIME Education, there is no commercial or in-kind support. There is a fee to participate in this activity.

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, PRIME® is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician Credit Designation Statement

PRIME® designates this Enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistant Accreditation Statement

PRIME® has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credits for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 3.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Nurse Practitioner Accreditation Statement

PRIME Education is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 060815. This activity is approved for 3.0contact hours (which includes 0.6 hour of pharmacology).

Available Credit

  • 3.00 AANP Contact Hours
  • 3.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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