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Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: The CDC Guideline in Practice
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control released the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The guideline was developed to provide recommendations for primary care clinicians who prescribe opioids for chronic non-malignant pain in the United States, yet many clinicians still do not utilize these recommendations in their practices. This module uses cases to describe these guidelines and offer applications for clinical practice. Resources for using the guideline are also cited and reviewed.
Target Audience
The target audience for this module is primary care physicians.
John A. Hopper, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor, Wayne University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI and Clinical Faculty in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI

At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Apply the 2016 CDC Guideline in clinical practice
  • Differentiate clinical situations in which the guideline may or may not be applicable
  • Use CDC resources to provide an informed, systems based approach to prescribing opioids for chronic pain

Core Competencies as a result of participating in this activity:

Interpersonal Skills and Communication
Medical Knowledge
Patient Care

Method of participation in the activity

In order to receive maximum credit, learners must: 

1. Review the materials provided in this module.
2. Earn a minimum cumulative score of 80% on the post-test. 
3. Complete an evaluation to assess satisfaction and plans for individual and/or team practice change.
4. Follow instructions at the end of the course regarding how to retrieve a certificate.* 

*Credit will not be awarded unless all components of the program are completed.  Partial credit will not be awarded.


Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 07/15/2022
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
0.75 CME Credit
0.75 Other Professionals Credit
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 1H79TI081968 and 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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