Pain Management & Opioid Misuse Resource Center
Chronic pain management is a public health concern with significant increases in the use of opioids for pain relief. Family physicians play a vital role in balancing patients’ pain management needs with the risk of drug misuse and abuse. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has assembled a collection of resources to help physicians guide their patients through pain management issues.
TREATMENT OF OPIOID USE DISORDER (OUD)
The recent dramatic increase in misuse of prescription analgesics, the easy accessibility of opioids such as heroin on the streets, and the epidemic of opioid overdoses underscore how important it is for physicians to understand more about these drugs and to be able to tell patients about available treatments for substance-use disorders.
PA LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
The Achieving Better Care Monitoring All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Act
requires that all prescribers or dispensers, as defined in Section 3 of ABC-MAP, applying for licensure/approval complete at least 4 hours of Board-approved education consisting of 2 hours in pain management or the identification of addiction and 2 hours in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids. Applicants seeking licensure/approval on or after July 1, 2017 must document, within one year from issuance of the licensure/approval, that they completed this education either as part of an initial education program, a stand-alone course from a Board-approved course provider, or a continuing education course from an approved continuing education provider.
PAFP CME WEBCASTS
In an effort to assist Pennsylvania’s family physicians with the management of chronic pain and to help address the related problem of substance abuse, the PAFP has produced a series of CME webcasts
on these topics. The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians will continue to produce education offerings on opioid-related issues. Check back as more webcasts become available.
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