Free CDC Opioid Webinars
In response to the troubling opioid epidemic our nation is facing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed and released the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in March 2016. This guideline, which is based on the most current scientific evidence, provides 12 recommendations for the prescribing of opioid pain medication for patients 18 years and older in primary care settings. Recommendations focus on the use of opioids specifically in treating chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 3 months or past the time of normal tissue healing) outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.
In an effort to embed Guideline recommendations within education and training for providers, CDC will be hosting a seven-part webinar series about the Guideline, which will begin on Wednesday, June 22 at 11:00 a.m. PST. The first webinar will provide an overview of the CDC recommendations, including when and how opioids should be initiated for chronic pain, how to assess risk and address harms of opioid use, and when and how opioids should be discontinued. Subsequent modules will discuss other recommendations in the Guideline. Each 1-hour webinar will be available as a live webinar broadcast and as archived recording following the live webinars. These are free and offer continuing education credit.
The first four currently scheduled webinars are:
- June 22, 2016: 11:00 a.m. PST - Overview of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
- July 27, 2016: Non-opioid treatments
- August 3, 2016: Assessing benefits and harms of opioid therapy
- August 17, 2016: Dosing and titration of opioids
Registration is not required for participation; however, participants will need to register in a separate system to receive continuing education credits.