Activity ID



December 11, 2020

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

American Medical Association


This activity reviews the opioid epidemic and the evolution in clinical guidelines on the use of opioids for pain management, including the most recent guidance issued by the CDC. Opioid classifications, mechanism, indications, adverse effects and risks are discussed.

1. This activity is hosted on the AMA Ed Hub.
2. This activity is free to AMA members.

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Educational Objectives

At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
1. Discuss factors that contribute to the epidemic of opioid morbidity and mortality;
2. Describe the purpose and practices of universal precautions for opioid prescribing;
3. Explain the classification of opioid analgesics and their pharmacologic effects;
4. Describe management strategies for common side effects and risks associated with opioid use.


Opioids, Pain Medicine, Substance Use and Addiction


Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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