Pain Medication Challenges - Appropriate Use of Opiates and Other Controlled Substances

Oakstone Clinical Update

A comprehensive review of pain medicine providing evidence-based, expertly informed education relevant to today’s pain medication challenges.

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SKU: W01

Opiate Therapy Controversies

This lecture discusses what is known and not known from a scientific point of view about the long term use of potent opiates in the treatment of pain syndromes.

Psychology of Chronic Pain

This lecture discusses the intricate relationships between the subjective experience of pain and other psychological issues such as emotional state and perception.

Medical-legal Considerations of Chronic Pain

This lecture discusses legal and ethical problems that providers who prescribe opiate pain medications could face if proper care is not taken regarding dispensing of these substances and educating their patients on their proper use.

Opioid Risk Management

This lecture looks at the process of the development of addiction and abusive behaviors in the use of opiate medications and gives ideas and insight into how to minimize these well recognized and serious problems.

Toxicology for Chronic Pain

This lecture looks at the role of the lab in helping maintain adherence to a pain medication regimen through monitoring by blood and urine testing. The limitations of these tests are discussed in detail.

Chronic Pain Disorders

This lecture introduces the basic concepts of pain and pain management including defining pain and its various types, explaining the brains response to pain and discussing the various medical therapies for pain and where their use is appropriate.

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Quick Facts

Provider: Oakstone

Credits: Earn a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

  • Opiate Therapy Controversies - Srdjan Nedeljkovic, MD
  • Psychology of Chronic Pain - Robert Edwards PhD
  • Medical-legal Considerations of Chronic Pain - Edward Michna MD
  • Opioid Risk Management - Robert Jamison MD
  • Toxicology for Chronic Pain - Stacy E. F. Melanson MD PhD
  • Chronic Pain Disorders - Edgar L. Ross MD

Srdjan S. Nedeljkovic, MD

  • Fellowship Director, Pain Medicine
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Boston, MA

Robert R. Edwards, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Anesthesiology
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Boston, MA

Edward Michna, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Director, Pain Trials Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Boston, MA

Robert N. Jamison, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Boston, MA

Stacy E.F. Melanson, MD, PhD

  • Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Pathology
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Boston, MA

Edgar L. Ross, MD

  • Director of Pain Management Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesia
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Boston, MA


Oakstone Publishing, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Oakstone Publishing, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Date of Original Release: July 1, 2014
Date of Credit Termination: June 30, 2017
Estimated Time to Complete: 5 hours

CME credit is awarded upon completion of a course evaluation and post-test.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity for (5.0) contact hours is being provided by the Alabama State Nurses Association.

Approved for 5.0 contact hours
Released: June 24, 2015
Expires: June 24, 2017

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the role of medicinal opiates as drugs of abuse and misuse
  • Explain the close relationship between depression and the subjective experience of pain
  • Discuss model guidelines for the dispensing of opiates
  • Recognize patients whom may be at risk for abuse and addiction with opiate medications
  • Interpret the results of these laboratory tests to discover irregularities such as sample adulteration
  • Define pain and its various subtypes

Intended Audience

Physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other providers whose scope of practice includes caring for patients with complaints of chronic pain.

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