Increased opioid prescribing has led to a growing crisis of misuse, addiction, and overdose in the United States, with prescription or illicit opioid-related overdose deaths totaling 42,249 in 2016 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many patients experiencing opioid-related harms including misuse, Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), and overdose may have been initially exposed to opioids through a prescription for the treatment of acute or chronic pain.

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) recently launched their “Pathways to Safer Opioid Use” interactive training program that promotes the appropriate, safe and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain. It’s based on the opioid-related recommendations in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention.

The training includes strategies to help patients understand how to prevent opioid-related adverse drug events (ADEs); identify risk factors, opioid medications, and interactions that increase people’s risk for opioid-related ADEs; utilize a multidisciplinary, team-based approach for treating patients with chronic pain; and  implement the principles of the Health Literate Care Model and the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain management through case study examples.

Participants who take the training can receive free CME and CPE credit. Click here to access the interactive training.

The Great Plains QIN is partnering with providers, pharmacists and stakeholders in the region to reduce opioid-related harms. Tools, education and trainings are available by visiting our website.