National Medical Education
In response to the growing opioid epidemic, physicians are expanding their knowledge on safe prescribing practices.
More than 549,000 health care professionals successfully completed continued education training programs in 2017.
Source: American Medical Association
SAMHSA funds continuing medical education courses on prescribing opioids for chronic pain developed by local and state health organizations across the United States. Most of these courses also include resources that address practice management, legal and regulatory issues, opioid pharmacology, and strategies for managing challenging patient situations.
SAMHSA-supported courses are planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
University of Texas at Austin’s Operation Naloxone Project
Continuing online education courses focusing on overdose prevention and response for pharmacists, physicians, nurses, psychologists and social workers.
RX Pain Medications: Know the Opinions, Get the Facts
This SAMHSA funded publication provides 13 fact sheets designed to increase awareness of the risks associated with prescription opioid use and misuse, as well as educating patients prescribed opioids for pain about the risks and provide resources on methods for alternative pain management.
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs.
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)
The AAAP provides a number of continuing medical education opportunities for professionals seeking training on prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
The American Society of Addiction Medicine sponsors a number of prescribing courses for MAT services providers. ASAM’s education website offers more than 300 hours of CME learning through live and online instruction.
Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain offers education in safely and competently using opioids to treat chronic pain.
Division of Pharmacologic Therapies (DPT)
The Division of Pharmacologic Therapies, part of the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, also provides buprenorphine training for physicians.
Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, funded by SAMHSA, has a training course calendar to help you stay up-to-date on future prescription courses.
End the Epidemic
The American Medical Association promotes the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.