Overview

Pain is among the most common complaints in primary care, including those with chronic symptoms. Opioids are medications that relieve pain. Taken as prescribed, opioids can be used to manage pain safely and effectively. They are cost effective and allow increased numbers of patients to return to active productive lives in society. Yet, while opioids have been with us for over 4000 years, the landscape of opioid therapies is rapidly evolving. Federal and state regulations are swiftly changing to address the current opioid epidemic. New formulations and treatment options are emerging that may reduce inherent risk to patients. Education is key to staying current and maximizing the effectiveness of opioids in clinical practice.

Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Boston University School of Medicine and Weston Medical Publishing, LLC.  Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity has been provided by Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine and jointly provided by Weston Medical Publishing, LLC.

The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.