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Activity Dates: 06/19/2015 - 04/21/2018

Target Audience

This course is designed for pharmacists, nurse practitioners or other healthcare professionals involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients.

Session Summary

Chronic pain affects millions. Prescription opioid misuse and addiction among chronic pain patients are emerging public health concerns due to dramatic increases in deaths related to overdoses. The use of opioids in the chronic non-cancer pain patient population is controversial, even more so for patients with a history of addiction. Treatment strategies include maintenance buprenorphine use and interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation programs. Evidence suggests addiction and chronic pain are interrelated and effective treatment for both is necessary for successful outcomes.

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (login first)
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (login first)

This course is provided online at cpnp.org and consists of the speaker audio and slides. A PDF file of the slides is also provided and access is available to participants indefinitely although ACPE credit is available only through the course expiration date.

Participants in this course must complete an examination and achieve a score of 70% or greater. Successful completion of the course also requires the completion of a course evaluation. ACPE statements of credit can be retrieved by participants online at cpnp.org immediately upon successful completion of the course.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the scope of the problem of addiction in chronic pain patients.
  2. Describe ethical challenges for treatment and factors to be considered prior to prescribing opioids in patients with a history of substance abuse.
  3. Describe treatment options for chronic pain patients with addiction issues.
  4. Review the pros and cons of buprenorphine use in the chronic pain patient population.
  5. Outline the role of addiction treatment in patients with chronic pain.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 06/19/2015 - 04/21/2018
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-15-018-H01-P (Knowledge)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This self-study course provides 1.0 contact hours (0.10 CEUs) of knowledge-based continuing education credit from CPNP approved programming. The ACPE universal program number assigned to this course is 0284-0000-15-018-H01-P (1.0 contact hours).