The need to educate clinicians on the opioid epidemic is increasing. According to a Medicare and Medicaid Research Review report on Jan. 1, 2016, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses in the U.S. since 2000 has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin). Information from the CDC in April revealed that 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, including 44 from prescription drugs. On March 24, the FDA decreed that immediate-release opioid painkillers would carry a "black box" warning about the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death, a measure intended to educate physicians when prescribing.
To address this need, ACP has launched this online recording of a pre-course from the 2016 Internal Medicine Meeting called SAFE Opioid Prescribing: Strategies. Asssessment. Fundamentals. Education. The activity features six, half-hour educational segments, plus questions and answers facilitated by expert faculty Steven Stanos, DO, and Michael Brennan, MD. No registration fee is required to use this recorded pre-course, which will expire July 15, 2017.
- Identify risk factors for opioid-related aberrant behavior.
- Differentiate between tolerance, physical dependence and addiction.
- Evaluate and manage adverse adverse effects of ER/LA opioids.
- Differentiate strategies for monitoring patient adherence.
- Assess the differences in opioid metabolism and how these impact appropriate ER/LA prescribing.
- Identify how opioid-drug interactions influenced ER/LA opioid prescribing.
CME Credit and MOC Points
The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American College of Physicians designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Successful completion of this CME activity which includes participation in the evaluation component enables the participant to earn up 3.5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credit claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC points.