A Primer on the Opioid Morbidity and Mortality Crisis: What Every Prescriber Should Know
This e-learning module incorporates animation, infographics, and storytelling to raise physician awareness about prescription opioid-related morbidity and mortality, factors influencing opioid-related harm, and what steps can be taken to promote the safe use of this important class of medications. Topics include the burden of chronic pain in the United States, trends in opioid prescribing and opioid-related harms that have developed over the past 20 years, factors influencing the development of the "opioid epidemic,” and risk factors for unintentional overdose and development of opioid use disorder. In addition, some attention is devoted to the intersection of prescription opioid misuse with the resurgence in heroin use and addiction, and how the clinical practice environment for pain management and opioid prescribing has been influenced by the public and private sector. Finally, recommendations for promoting safe opioid use in different patient populations are offered.
Funding for developing this module was made possible in part) by the Provider’s Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (grant no. 5H79TI025595) from SAMHSA. The views expressed in this module do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content, please contact Barry Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Type: Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians