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Safe Opiate Prescribing

Safe Opiate Prescribing


Safe Opiate Prescribing Coures‌‌More people die from opiate overdoses than breast cancer, car crashes, or HIV. Most people who overdose on opiates start by abusing prescription drugs.

Opiate addiction is an indiscriminate epidemic. This online course, developed at Virginia Commonwealth University, serves as a resource for licensed prescribers in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the fight against opioid abuse.

Learn how you can prescribe opiates more safely and meet new continuing education requirements for opiate education at safeopiateprescribing.org

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • describe the extent and demographics of the opioid epidemic.
  • explain the biological basis of opioid addiction.
  • integrate best practices for safe opiate prescribing into the care of your patients.
  • identify and refer patients with potential opiate use disorders to appropriate care.

Accreditation and Credit

University Health Services Professional Education Programs (UHS-PEP) of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. UHS-PEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners in all specialties who prescribe opiates.  

Dentistry-focused modules will be added in Summer 2017.


Participation Requirements

This internet enduring material requires the participant to interact with the online content, view video, score 100% on unit mastery questions, and complete an online activity evaluation. The participant will then be directed to a website to download their CME certificate. Google Chrome is the preferred browser to use while accessing this system.

Disclosures of Conflict of Interest

The following planning committee members and course authors have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:

  • A. Omar Abubaker, DMD, PhD
  • Pablo Bedoya, MD
  • Alan Dow, MD, MSHA
  • Megan Lemay, MD
  • Elizabeth Micalizzi, MBA, PMP, CCRP
  • Sebastian Tong, MD, MPH

Disclosure of Commercial Support

No commercial support was used to support this learning activity.