Strategies for Effective Pain Management in Clinical Practice is a 3-part curriculum which examines the full spectrum of pain management options available to clinicians, including the safe and effective use of opioids. This curriculum is intended to be fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Part 1 of this series, Assessing Pain and Initiating Non-Opioid Pain Management, focuses on improving clinicians’ ability to recognize, diagnose, and classify pain, while educating clinicians on nonpharmacologic and nonopioid pharmacologic treatment options.

Part 2, Reducing Risks with Opioid Use, focuses on improving clinicians’ ability to assess potential risk factors for abuse and opioid use disorder/addiction. Clinicians will also review best practices to reduce the risks associated with prescription of opioid analgesics, information about safe opioid prescribing, as well as safe storage and disposal.

Part 3, Approaches to Opioid Treatment and Counseling Patients, will focus on providing risk reduction strategies through integration of opioids into individualized pain management plans. Clinicians will learn counseling strategies, including counseling about the use of naloxone for opioid overdose and how to recognize opioid use disorder and act appropriately to treat or refer patients.

This curriculum is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see https://www.opioidanalgesicrems.com/Resources/Docs/List_of_RPC_Companies.pdf for a listing of REMS Program Companies. 


Learning Objectives

  • Discuss all options for pain management, including non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic approaches
  • Explain the definitions and mechanisms of pain
  • Identify the appropriate pain assessment and assessment of potential risk factors for abuse and opioid use disorder/addiction
  • Develop individualized treatment plans which appropriately integrate opioids to meet the needs of patients
  • Recognize best practices to reduce the risks associated with prescription of opioid analgesics, as well as safe storage and disposal
  • Summarize counseling strategies, including counseling about the use of naloxone for opioid overdose
  • Recognize opioid use disorder and act appropriately to treat or refer those patients 



Charles E. Argoff, MD, FABPM

Vice Chair
Professor of Neurology
Albany Medical College
Director, Comprehensive Pain Center
Albany Medical Center
Albany, NY

Oscar A. de Leon-Casasola, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine 
Senior Vice-Chair
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo 
Chief, Pain Medicine and Professor of Oncology 
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY

Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, CMD, FACOFP

Professor and Chair
Department of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Director, Comprehensive Care
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Commercial Supporters

Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies

Education Partners

Miller Medical Communications, LLC

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