Providing safe and effective pain control can be achieved despite the serious public health crisis of the opioid overdose and misuse epidemic currently affecting the United States and other countries. This talk will review the evolution of the present-day opioid epidemic to better understand current risks. Terminology associated with addiction, currently referred to as substance use disorder, will be defined. Assessment of pain is imperative, with a shift away from intensity to functional ability. Risk factors for misuse must also be assessed. These findings inform the treatment regimen, including whether opioids are indicated, and if so, what mitigating strategies must be implicated to reduce the risk of misuse. Techniques such as harm reduction, weaning and safe handling will be addressed.
This activity focuses on improving practitioners’ ability to recognize, diagnose, and classify pain; educating clinicians on the full spectrum of pain management options, including nonpharmacologic and nonopioid pharmacologic interventions; and providing risk reduction strategies through integration of opioids into individualized pain management plans. This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see https://ce.opioidanalgesicrems.com/RpcCEUI/rems/pdf/resources/List_of_RPC_Companies.pdf for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).