Treating Pain Safely: 2023 Online Update for Prescribers for Safe Opioid Prescribing

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Treating Pain Safely: 2023 Online Update for Prescribers for Safe Opioid Prescribing


Register now for this online self-guided course.

Literature has shown that prescribers receive little education on the treatment of pain resulting in less effective pain treatment with worse outcomes. Participants will learn the evidence-based analysis of the relative effectiveness of medications and their side effects, recommendations on how to improve treatment of acute and chronic pain and recognizing substance use/opioid use disorders. Participants in this online educational activity must pass a posttest for successful completion.

This course will focus on acute pain treatments/prescribing that can decrease the likelihood of long-term use by:

*Describing the impact of the opioid crisis
*Identifying the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute pain and the STOP Act
*Discussing opioid alternatives and office policies for safe opioid prescribing

This program was designed to satisfy, in part, 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.

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.

Approximate time to complete the course: One hour

Learner content includes: PowerPoint and Posttest

Participants will have 45 days from the date of their registration to complete this course. After that date, course materials will no longer be accessible.

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North Carolina Health Education Centers designate this activity for up to 1 hour of continuing education credit.

Review Date: 1.13.23; Release Date: 2.1.23; Expiration Date: 2.1.24

Target Audience

The program is recommended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, podiatrists and dentists.


  • Describe and examine the impact of the opioid crisis
  • Discuss how opioids cause addiction
  • Identify and apply the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute and/or chronic pain
  • Review the NC STOP Act of 2017 and the 2022 CDC Opioid guidelines
  • List and differentiate the opioid alternatives for acute and chronic pain
  • Discuss specific dental care issues related to opioids


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


$25.00 Registration Fee