Using Opioids Safely: Practical Guidance for Pain Management

This activity reviews the opioid epidemic and the evolution in clinical guidelines on the use of opioids for pain management, including the most recent guidance issued by the CDC. Opioid classifications, mechanism, indications, adverse effects and risks are discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss factors that contribute to the epidemic of opioid morbidity and mortality;
  • Describe the purpose and practices of universal precautions for opioid prescribing;
  • Explain the classification of opioid analgesics and their pharmacologic effects;
  • Describe management strategies for common side effects and risks associated with opioid use.

Additional Information

American Medical Association (AMA Ed Hub)
State Relevance: 
Rhode Island
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.50 MOC
  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content report no relevant financial relationships.

Credit Renewal Date: December 11, 2020

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

2.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

2.5 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

2.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and

2.5 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.

Available Credit

  • 2.50 MOC
  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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