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Goals and Learning Outcomes

The emphasis on pain management to improve quality of life and function has contributed to a significant increase in opioid prescriptions. As such, there has been a concurrent increase in risk of misuse and abuse. While opioids are highly effective for pain relief, closer attention to the risk versus benefit analysis has led to guidelines that prefer nonpharmacologic and nonopioid pharmacologic therapy over opioids, especially for chronic pain. Clinicians must carefully monitor the patient and be alert for signs that risks outweigh benefits of opioids. This course will address issues related to opioid prescribing, chronic pain, and opioid use disorder.

The goal of this course is to educate acute care providers about regulations, medical management, and misuse of controlled substances.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss considerations and guidelines for prescribing controlled substances.
  • Describe patient evaluation and education for a safe and effective pain treatment plan.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/25

Course Originally Released On: 02/01/23

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, Kansas State Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, New Hampshire Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and West Virginia Board Of Registered Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.