Managing Pain: A Focus on Opioid Analgesic Approaches

January 27, 2023
12:00 -1:00 PM ET

Some patients experiencing chronic pain may require opioid analgesic therapy in order to manage their pain and achieve functional gains. Healthcare provider knowledge of opioids and their safe use are imperative to improving patient outcomes with opioid use. In this webinar, experts will review the available opioid formulations for pain management and provide clinical pearls for implementing them in your practice.


Samantha Catanzano, PharmD, BCPP

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Pharmacy Practice
The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
Board-Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist
Integrated Behavioral Health Department
Austin, Texas

Andrew Friedman, MD

Section Head, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Opioid Analgesics
    • Mechanism of action, available formulations
    • Safety concerns and contraindications
    • Strategies for initiation, titration, and discontinuation
  • Conclusions
  • Audience Q&A

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Program Overview

This webinar will provide an overview of opioid analgesic options for pain management and how to safely integrate them into clinical practice. Attendees will gain knowledge on the available opioid analgesic formulations; factors to take into consideration when creating an individualized treatment plan with opioids; and strategies for initiating, titrating, and discontinuing these pharmacologic therapies. Throughout the webinar, attendees are invited to submit their own pressing questions for real-time responses from the presenting faculty.

Goal Statement

The goal of this program is to optimize learners' translation of pain management knowledge into practice, with a focus on opioid analgesic approaches.

Target Audience

The Opioid REMS Microlearning Initiative is intended to reach the entire healthcare team, including physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician associates/physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, and social workers. Specialty areas include, but are not limited to, physiatry, psychiatry, neurology, family medicine, internal medicine, oncology, pain management, and surgery. This includes HCPs who are involved with direct patient care, including HCPs registered with the DEA and eligible to prescribe all opioid analgesics, as well as nonprescribers involved in the care of patients receiving opioid analgesic therapy, nonpharmacologic therapies, and nonopioid analgesic therapies.

Learning Objectives
  • Create an individualized pain treatment plan with consideration for patient-specific characteristics and preferences
  • Assess safety considerations when integrating the range of opioid therapeutic options in a pain management regimen
  • Identify guideline-recommended strategies for initiating, titrating, and discontinuing opioid therapies


Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Clinical Care Options, LLC (CCO) 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.

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Credit Designation

CCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development

The maximum number of hour awarded for this Nursing Continuing Professional Development activity is 1.0 contact hour, including 1.0 hour of pharmacology credit.

Continuing Pharmacy Education

CCO designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour (0.10 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
UAN: JA4008176-0000-23-002-L08-P

Type of Activity: Application

Upon successfully completing the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 60 days.

Physician Assistant/Physician Associate Continuing Medical Education

Clinical Care Options, LLC has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit. PAs should only claim commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Psychologist Continuing Education

Continuing education (CE) credit for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

This activity offers 1.0 continuing education credit for psychologists.

Social Work Continuing Education

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Clinical Care Options, LLC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 clinical continuing education credit.


Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Clinical Care Options, LLC (CCO) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose all financial conflicts of interest (COI) they may have with ineligible companies. All relevant COI are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to CCO policy. CCO is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME/CE activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.


Provided by Clinical Care Options, LLC, and in partnership with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Practicing Clinicians Exchange, and ProCE.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see the link for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).