Online Education | The Challenge of Pain 2017 - Opioids plus Benzos: A Dangerous Combination (Rx)

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Opioids plus Benzos: A Dangerous Combination (Rx)

Course Description

In this talk, Dr. Sullivan gives pharmacoepidemiological evidence against using benzodiazepines in combination with chronic opioid therapy.


Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UWSOM; Adjunct Professor, Medical History and Ethics, UWSOM; Adjunct Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UWSOM

Comments from lecture attendees:

"The talk on opioids and benzos was nicely organized and very informative. It will be useful for my practice."

"We see the use of benzodiazepines in conjunction with opioid pain medications often in the inpatient care setting. Now that I know this practice increases risk of overdose four times even in opioid tolerant patients, I will advocate for a safer patient plan and increased monitoring of my patients."

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Completion Requirements

To earn contact hours for this activity:

  • View/listen to the presentation.
  • Study the handouts.
  • Complete the evaluation. 

After submitting the evaluation, you can download and print your certificate. A record of contact hours earned will be in your account for six years.   

Target Audience

Nurses, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, respiratory therapists, psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists and other interested healthcare professionals in all settings.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After taking this module, you will be better able to:

  1. Describe pharmacoepidemiology of combined opioid and benzodiazepine use.
  2. Discuss the risks of combined opioid and benzodiazepine use.
  3. Describe the psychiatric comorbidity that commonly accompanies combined use.


Additional Information

Audio and Video
Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 0.66 Contact hours
  • 0.66 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level

Available Credit

  • 0.66 Contact hours
  • 0.66 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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