Online Education | The Challenge of Pain 2017 - Crossing the Line: Pain and Opioid Use Disorders (Rx)
On July 22, 2016 a law was passed allowing nurse practitioners to become waivered to prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opioid use disorder. Learn more about how this opioid agonist-antagonist can be used in the treatment of chronic pain and why the chronic pain patient on long-term opioid therapy may be the ideal candidate for medical management of opioid use disorder.
James Walsh, MD
Medical Director, Addiction Recovery Service, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle
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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.
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:
- Evaluate when patient has opioid use disorder.
- Describe legal context of prescribing for pain vs. for addiction.
- Offer medical management of opioid use disorder.
- 1.23 Contact hours
- 1.23 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level