Training to Focus on Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched an online training series to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain.

The eight-part series is designed to help physicians better understand the recommendations as well as the risks and benefits of prescription opioids, nonopioid options, risk management, and more.

"More than 40 people die every day from prescription opioid-involved overdose," CDC said. "The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain provides recommendations for safer and more effective prescribing of opioids for chronic pain in patients 18 and older in outpatient settings outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care."

The interactive modules include patient scenarios, videos, tips, resources, and more. The series starts with an overview of the CDC guidelines. Future modules will cover communicating with patients, treating chronic pain without opioids, reducing the risks of opioids, and assessing and addressing opioid use disorder. 

For more information and to see modules that are available and proposed throughout the year, visit the CDC website.

Action, May 1, 2017

Last Updated On

April 28, 2017

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