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CME - Safe Prescribing of Opioids is a Course

CME - Safe Prescribing of Opioids


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Full course description




1 hour







In support of improving patient care, Arizona State University 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.



What you'll learn

Clinicians will learn current best practices for identifying and treating patients with substance use related problems.

When providers see patients who struggle with chronic pain, they often find these visits to be energy sapping and futile. Sometimes, we may feel like we spend most of our time patrolling pain medications. We hope to change this paradigm and empower you with new tools and evidence-based approaches that lead to more meaningful visits.

What you'll do:

  1. Explain chronic pain as a biopsychosocial condition in which medications are one "tool" in a tool belt of many options to manage pain
  2. Describe non-pharmacological options for pain management and the evidence to support these options, including psychotherapeutic options (such as CBT/ACT, biofeedback, mindfulness)
  3. Describe a “step up” approach of medication options for treating pain
  4. Explain the role of opioids in treating chronic pain, including: conditions amenable to treatment, their efficacy, associated risks, and monitoring parameters
  5. Describe an overall framework for utilizing opioids in treatment of chronic pain
  6. Explain an overall approach to having difficult conversation with patients around changing their pain plan

View other modules or enroll in all 12 Addiction Medicine modules here.

Who this course is designed for:

Clinicians, healthcare workers, healthcare managers

What you'll receive:

Upon successfully completing the course the participant will be able to claim their CME (1.0 credit).


Meet the instructors

Randi Sokol,MD, MPH, MMedED - Assistant Professor

Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd, is an Assistant Professor at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency Program and Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She is Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. She earned her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, her Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health from Tulane University, completed Family Medicine Residency at UC-Davis, and earned a Masters in Medical Education through the University of Dundee.

Matt Martin, PhD, LMFT - Clinical Assistant Professor

Matt Martin, PhD, LMFT, is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Behavioral Health Program at Arizona State University where he teaches courses on healthcare quality improvement, substance use prevention, behavioral health integration, and motivational interviewing.