Activity ID



June 30, 2022

Format Type


CME Credit




CME Provider: Harvard Medical School

Description of CME Course

This course is one of three that comprise the Opioid Use Disorder Education Program (OUDEP), an innovative continuing medical education program produced by Harvard Medical School (HMS). This course is intended for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, social workers, and other health care providers collaborating to treat patients with substance use disorders. Understanding Addiction focuses on the fundamentals regarding the nature of addiction including: the epidemiology of opioid use disorder, the chronic nature of OUD, the differences between dependence and use disorders, and the neurobiology behind addiction. This course also focuses on the changing perceptions and current stigmas surrounding opioid use disorder.

Learner must complete all 8 credits to acquire CME. 

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Educational Objectives

Recognize opioid use disorder as a chronic, relapsing, and treatable disease
Describe basic neuroscience of opioid use disorder
Compare and contrast physical dependence versus opioid use disorder
Recognize opioid use disorder epidemiology, and the prevalence of co-occurring psychiatric disorders
Examine the importance of reducing related societal stigmas and biases around opioid use disorder, and reducing negative consequences of opioid use


Epidemiology, Treating chronic disease, Diagnosis, Neuroscience, Physical dependence, Co-occurring psychiatric disorders, Negative consequences, Stigma


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Physician Executives, Physician Scientists, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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