Many of our current practices are not serving anyone well: patients are not satisfied, prescribing clinicians are frustrated, and addiction/overdose rates are increasing. We can - and have got to - do better. It will take a concerted effort, involving all members of the health care team, as well as patients, but we can do it.

On-line Educational Opportunities

AAFP:  ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS

The AAFP has released a CME Bulletin Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy.

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The American Society of Addiction Medicine presented the ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care education at their Annual Meeting.  Nine sessions from this conference were recorded and the education is available online.

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Medscape: ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care

This three-part series will educate clinicians on how to reduce the potential for serious adverse outcomes resulting from inappropriate prescribing, misuse, and abuse of ER/LA opioid analgesics while ensuring continued access for patients with legitimate need for these drugs.

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