Chronic Pain, Chronic Opioids, and Addiction: A Complicated Nexus

Course description

Time: 12-1 p.m

For the past 20 years there has been an extraordinary opioid overdose epidemic in the United States. 

The epidemic began with the misuse and misunderstanding of prescription opioid analgesics for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. The epidemic then shifted to heroin and is now primarily driven by fentanyl and its analogues. Dr. Salsitz will review the evolution of this epidemic and the measures taken to stem the tide of opioid misuse, the CDC guidelines and misconceptions about the guidelines, as well as the current standard of treatment for opioid use disorder.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the “perfect storm” leading to the prescription opioid epidemic
  • Summarize the CDC guidelines for the treatment of chronic pain and its misinterpretation by clinicians
  • Discuss the safe disposal of opioid medication
  • Describe the treatment of opioid use disorder

Target audience

Physician and clinician policyholders

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