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Using Opioids Safely: Practical Guidance for Pain Management

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
1. Discuss factors that contribute to the epidemic of opioid morbidity and mortality;
2. Describe the purpose and practices of universal precautions for opioid prescribing;
3. Explain the classification of opioid analgesics and their pharmacologic effects;
4. Describe management strategies for common side effects and risks associated with opioid use.
2.5 Credits CME

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Activity Information

Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Target Audience: This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing physicians and the healthcare team.

Planning Committee:

Kate Kirley, MD, CME Program Committee advisor; AMA

Barry Dickinson, PhD, Director, Science, Medicine & Public Health, AMA

Daniel Blaney-Koen, JD, Senior Legislative Attorney, Advocacy, AMA

Julia Meyer, Learning Experience Designer, CS-EC, AMA

Author Affiliations:

Barry D. Dickinson, PhD - Director, Science, Medicine & Public Health, AMA

Content Reviewer:

Barry Dickinson, PhD, Director, Science, Medicine & Public Health, AMA

Ronald J Crossno, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Kindred at Home

W. Michael Hooten, MD, Professor, Department of Anes & Perioperative Medicine, Mayo School

Erin Krebs, MD, MPH, Women's Health Med Dir, Minn VA

Robert Rich, MD, Medical Director, Community of Care, Lower Cape Fear, NC

Sayed Wahezi, MD, Program Director, Pain Med Fellowship Montifiore Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content report no relevant financial relationships.

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

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

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

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

2.5 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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