SAFE Opioid Prescribing | Strategies. Assessment. Fundamentals. Education 

Today, clinicians are faced with the challenge of adequately treating a large number of patients with acute and chronic pain, while mitigating the risks associated with treatment. Our ability to manage pain, now competes against the crisis of opioid abuse and adverse outcomes such as addiction, unintentional overdose, and death, resulting from inappropriate prescribing, abuse, and misuse of opioids.

These complexities require clinicians to have a strong understanding of all options for pain management including non-pharmacologic and non-opioid options, as well as when to appropriately consider opioid agents when other non-opioid approaches have proven unsuccessful in alleviating pain and the benefits outweigh the risks.  

The SAFE Opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) symposium is designed to fulfill on specific requirements put forth by the FDA Education Blueprint for HCPs Involved in the Treatment and Monitoring of Patients with Pain. Three evidence-based CME modules will address topics such as; the fundamentals of pain management, assessment of patients in pain, identifying and mitigating risk factors for abuse and addiction, and how to appropriately integrate opioid analgesics into a pain treatment plan individualized to the needs of the patient. 

Additional topics to be covered include, tools to manage patients on opioids analgesics in pain settings, including initiating therapy, titrating and discontinuing use, as well as strategies to counsel patients on safe use, disposal, and ways to identify and manage opioid use disorder or addiction.  

Complete the entire SAFE Opioid Prescribing activity to receive your training completion certificate!

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate and manage adverse effects of ER/LA opioids
  • Differentiate strategies for monitoring patient adherence
  • Implement counseling strategies to ensure patients know to take ER/LA opioids exactly as prescribed
  • Use counseling strategies to explain signs of ER/LA opioid overdose to patients and caregivers 

Faculty Disclosures

Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, CMD, FACOFP

Has No financial relationships to disclose. 

Oscar A. de Leon-Casasola, MD

Advisory Boards for Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., and Purdue Frederick. 

Charles E. Argoff, MD, FABPM

Speakers Bureau for Allergan, Inc., Depomed, Inc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Millennium Laboratories, LLC, and XenoPort, Inc. Advisory Board member for Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Depomed, Inc., Insys Therapeutics Inc., Nektar Therapeutics, Pfizer Inc., Purdue Pharma L.P., QRX Pharma Ltd., Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., and XenoPort, Inc. Receives research support from Eli Lilly and Company, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Forest Laboratories, Inc. 

Michael J. Brennan, MD

Advisory Board member for Depomed, Inc., Insys Therapeutics Inc., Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Nektar Therapeutics, Purdue Pharma L.P., Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., and Zogenix, Inc. Consultant for Purdue Pharma L.P., Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., and Zogenix, Inc. Speakers Bureau member for Depomed, Inc., Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Johnson & Johnson, Purdue Pharma L.P., Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., and Zogenix, Inc. 

Jeffrey Gudin, MD

Speakers Bureau honoraria from Endo Pharmaceuticals, Covidien, Nektar, Pfizer and Purdue. Consultant honoraria from Alere and Shionogi.  

Bill McCarberg, MD, FABPM

Advisory Board member for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc., Depomed, Inc., Inspirion Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Kaléo, Inc., Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Millennium Laboratories, LLC, Pfizer Inc., Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc., and Zogenix, Inc. Owns stock in BioSpecifics Technologies Corp., Galena Biopharma, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Nektar Therapeutics, and Protein Design Labs, Inc. 

Steven Stanos, DO

Dr. Stanos receives advisory board/consultant honoraria from Endo Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, MyMatrixx and GlaxoSmith Kline. 


Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CME Information


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Accreditation Statement

pmiCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

pmiCME designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Accreditation Statement

pmiCME is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. AANP Provider number 040308. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

Designation Statement

This program has been approved for 0.85 contact hour of continuing education, which includes 0.22 hour of pharmacology.

Instructions for Obtaining Credit

Once you have completed the activity, please click the "next" button to advance to the post-activity assessment. To complete this activity and claim credit, you must answer 3 out of the 4 questions correctly. If you are not successful after your first attempt, you will be given an opportunity to reflect upon the answer rationales and have the opportunity to review the educational content before proceeding. Once you have selected your answers, click the "submit" button to complete the evaluation questions and proceed to the claim credit screen.

Commercial Supporter

This educational activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see     http://ce.er-la-opioidrems.com/IwgCEUI/rems/pdf/List_of_RPC_Companies.pdf  for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics REMS education requirements issued by the US Food & Drug Administration. 

Education Partner

Miller Medical Communications

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