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A Primer on the Opioid Morbidity and Mortality Crisis: What Every Prescriber Should Know

Learning Objectives
1. Summarize opioid prescription trends over several decades
2. Recognize the likelihood of developing an opioid use disorder or addiction
3. Distinguish the variables that increase the risk for patients to experience an unintentional overdose from prescription opioids
4. Describe the association between non-medical opioid use, illicit opioid use, and addiction
5. Identify recent practice guidelines and emerging risk mitigation strategies intended to promote safer opioid prescribing
0.75 Credit CME

This module provides information on historical and current trends in opioid prescribing, overdose deaths, and the state of the opioid crisis. Risk factors in patients for opioid overdose and for opioid use disorder are described. Also covered in the module is an exploration of the intersecting issues of non-medical and misuse of opioids and opioid use disorder. The module contains the latest information about trends in illicit opioids. An overview on different types of pain are presented and risk mitigation strategies for safer opioid prescribing for pain are described.

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Activity Information

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 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 reported no relevant financial relationships.

If applicable, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Credit Renewal Dates: November 14, 2019, November 11, 2021

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

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

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

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

0.75 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.


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