Prescription Monitoring Program, the CDC Chronic Pain Guidelines and the Opioid Crisis

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Addiction to both prescription and illicit opioid drugs has become a public health crisis in the United States and Maine. Maine health care practitioners need to be aware of the high level of concern among elected and other health policymakers about this crisis and the public policy reaction to it. The Maine legislation enacted an update to the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) imposing limits on prescription opioid medication; mandating the use of the PMP; and requiring specific continuing medical education (CME) for practitioners who prescribe opioid medications in 2015. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control published new Guidelines on the Treatment of Chronic Pain in 2016. Both of these documents will be reviewed and cases presented to reinforce the goals and recommendation for limiting the opioid crisis. The current state of the opiate crisis in Maine and the United states will be examined with regard to any changes that have occurred in the crises since implementation of the new Maine PMP and the CDC Chronic Pain Guidelines. Lastly, there will be a review of new strategies for treating acute dental pain with an investigational opiate and non-opiate analgesics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the level of concern among health care practitioners and Maine health care policymakers regarding the opioid abuse and addiction crisis.
  • Review and analyze the legislation imposing limits on prescription opioid medication, mandating use of the PMP, and requiring specific continuing medical education (CME) for practitioners who prescribe opioid medications.
  • Review the Centers for Disease Control Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, 2016.
  • Examine the current state of the opiate crisis in Maine and the United States.
  • Evaluate and discuss new strategies for treating acute dental pain with an investigational opiate and non-opiate analgesics.

How it Works

After watching a video presentation by Curt Cyr, PhD, RPh, you will be required to take a short quiz. Upon receiving a grade of 80% or higher, you will be directed to a course evaluation. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be able to download a .pdf certificate to get your course credit.

Outline

  • Two-part Video Presentation (2 hours total)
  • Exit quiz requiring a score of at least 80% to earn contact hours
  • Evaluation of the training

About the Presenter

Curt Cyr, Ph.D., R.Ph, Curt Cyr is a clinical professor in the College of Dental Medicine at the University of New England read more


Contact Hours 

Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.

  • 2 CONTACT HOUR for nurses
  • CCSME Provider Unit is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by ANCC, NE-MSD or CCSME Provider Unit.
  • 2 CONTACT HOUR for social workers, licensed professional clinical counselors, psychologists, continuing health education specialists, and  behavioral healthcare workers.
  • This course may be used for 2 contact hour for MHRT-C Domain 6

Important Info

Disclosure: Neither the presenter nor the program planners (CCSME) have any commercial interest or conflict of interest to disclose.

Disclaimer: This course is intended for educational purposes only.  The views, opinions, and content expressed in this presentation do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME).