Opioids: Principles of Prescribing and Patient Management

About this Course
Released: 2/21/2022
Expires: 9/30/2023

Opioids: Principles of Prescribing and Patient Management

*This program meets the requirements set forth in Oklahoma SB 1446/848 for pain management, opioid use or addiction education for MDs and PAs.
The post-test and evaluation must be completed if the activity is to be used for CME credit. The score required for passing 70%.

Target Audience
The educational design addresses the needs and issues of healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, physicians' assistants, healthcare administrators and practice managers.

Program Description
The opioid epidemic in America results in nearly 50,000 deaths each year and accounts for six out of every ten overdose deaths. Oklahoma ranked 9th in the nation for the number of opioid prescriptions per 100 persons, and ranked 28th in the number of opioid deaths in 2017. Because of the scope of the problem, the Oklahoma legislature has recently passed legislation to regulate the prescribing of opioids by healthcare professionals. This presentation will review data re: characteristics of claims and adverse events involving opioids and the scope of the opioid crisis. We will review the requirements set into law for prescribing opioid medication in Oklahoma.

Activity Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, the learner will:

  • Recognize the impact of medication errors in professional liability claims
  • Discuss examples of medication related events leading to patient harm
  • Identify strategies to address medication errors
  • Discuss the scope of the opioid crisis in the US and Oklahoma
  • Describe interventions in healthcare that have been shown to reduce the use of opioid medications
  • Discuss the current legal requirements for opioid prescribing in Oklahoma
  • Read the following information before beginning the educational activity
  • Check the box next to the certification statement
  • Click the Continue to Course link at the bottom of the page
  • Complete pre-test (if applicable)
  • Study the educational activity including viewing video materials if applicable
  • Complete the CME post-test and evaluation
  • After successful completion of the CME post-test and evaluation, you will receive credit and have the opportunity to download and print a participation certificate

Accreditation and Disclosure Statement
This enduring activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) and PLICO. The OSMA is accredited by the ACCME to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.
The OSMA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Faculty, CME Planning, Reviewer and Moderator have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. The OSMA CME Manager has mitigated all information with ineligible companies and has resolved all conflicts of interest if applicable.


“The Oklahoma State Medical Association has been surveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians. The ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that the Oklahoma State Medical Association provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports US health care quality improvements. The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions’ continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the US are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the US, Inc.”

Faculty (if applicable)
Shari Moore, RN, BSN
PLICO Risk Management

Hardware/Software Requirements
This online program supports the following browsers:  Current production versions fo Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome.

Other Links
Learner’s Bill of Rights

Additional Information
The online programs will include a mix of text, graphics and illustrations. Each online module complies with the components of the Oklahoma State Medical Association Continuing Medical Education Internet Policy as outlined below:
1. Complying with the OSMA Essentials and Policies
2. Separating education from promotion
3. Prohibiting CME activities from being on a pharmaceutical or device manufacturer’s website
4. Notifying the learner when leaving the educational website
5. Linking the website to pharmaceutical and device manufacturers websites is only permitted before or after the educational content
6. Advertising of any type is prohibited within the educational content of the activity
7. Informing the learner about the hardware and software needed to participate
8. Complying with and informing the learner about privacy and confidentiality of information, and
9. Complying with copyright laws