Treating Pain Safely: An Update for Prescribers

Jan 26, 2021 Medicine Pharmacy

Treating Pain Safely: An Update for Prescribers


This program is for providers in Alexander, Buncombe, Caldwell, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania, and Yancey counties.

In recognition for specific education on opioid use disorder (OUD) and innovative treatment for chronic and/or acute pain, this new workshop will provide updated information on evidenced-based treatment modalities including non-opioid alternatives to pain management. Medical providers will gain tools to reduce the risk of opioid overdose, treat pain safely and the skills to screen and treat substance use disorders (SUDs) in a patient-centered way. Participants will gain knowledge on:

  • Updated tapering recommendations for patients on chronic opioid therapy

  • Enhanced information on harm reduction strategies

  • Emerging data of postoperative pain management for patients with OUD

  • Addressing stigma and bias that prevent patients from receiving the best care

This program was designed to satisfy, in full, The North Carolina Medical Board's CME requirement for controlled substance prescribers. Per NCAC rules: As of July 1, 2017 all physicians (other than residents), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, podiatrists, and dentists who prescribe controlled substances must satisfy the controlled-substance prescribing CE requirements as set forth by their licensing boards; requirements vary by discipline and board. This program has been approved by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board as meeting the CE requirement on the abuse of controlled substances for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

MAHEC engages in evaluation activities to better understand the impact of our programs. By registering for this course, you agree that we may use your personal information in evaluative research regarding this program. Any reports published will be de-identified and reported in aggregate format.

By registering for this workshop, you are granting permission for your contact information to be shared with RHA Health Services, PATH, Mitchell/Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force and the Governor's Institute which are collaborating and/or supporting partners of this continuing education activity.

With the Support of:

Co-sponsored by UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Target Audience

The program is recommended for physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and podiatrists. This program is also suitable for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.


Upon completion of this knowledge based educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and examine the impact of the opioid crisis
  • Identify and apply the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute and/or chronic pain
  • Summarize and apply the STOP Act of 2017
  • List and differentiate the opioid alternatives for acute and chronic pain
  • Discuss the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment
  • Interpret how stigma and bias create barriers to effective treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD)


  • Shuchin Shukla, MD, MPH


Treating Pain Safely: An Update for Prescribers
1/26 9:00 AM–12:15 PM


.300 CEU

MAHEC designates this live continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 0.3 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.

3.000 Contact Hours

MAHEC designates this live continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 3.0 contact hours.

3.000 Contact Hours

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners: MAHEC designates this continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 3.00 contact hours.

3.000 ACPE

The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program ACPE# 0046-9999-20-031-L01-P will provide 3.0 Contact Hours of continuing education. No partial credit will be given. Credit statements can be viewed and printed from CPE Monitor. In order to receive CE credit, attendance must be acknowledged at the registration desk upon arrival at the program. Participants will evaluate this program using a standard evaluation form.

3.000 CME for Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificate of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 3.00 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

3.000 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Accreditation Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit Designation MAHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Disclosure Statement MAHEC adheres to the ACCME Standards regarding industry support to continuing medical education. Disclosure of faculty and commercial support relationships, if any, will be made known at the time of the activity.


FREE Free, but must register to attend
Applies 10/15/20–1/26/21
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