Treating Pain Safely: An Update for Prescribers

Jan 26, 2021 Closed 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)


  • Carriedelle H. Fusco, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
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