Prescriptive drug abuse is at epidemic levels in the United States, and opioids are the drugs patients use most often in unintentional deadly overdoses. How can physicians help stop these preventable deaths?
The Texas Pain Society, in collaboration with TMA's Physician Oncology Education Program, shares effective strategies in a new home-study course, Pain Medicine: Accidental Lethal Overdoses. Physicians can learn the principles of chronic opioid therapy, including appraising a patient's risk for substance abuse, avoiding dangerous drug combinations, and assessing therapeutic benefit.
This 13-page course costs $35 and offers continuing medical education credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics. You can download the course file through the TMA Education Center or request a hard copy in the mail by emailing Laura Wells or calling her at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1673, or (512) 370-1673.
Action, Dec. 4, 2012