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Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse

Center for Health, Work & Environment

​In 2012, the Colorado School of Public Health launched a 2-hour online course to retrain those in healthcare on current guidelines for non-cancer chronic pain management. The online, self-paced training is titled “The Opioid Crisis: Guidelines and Tools for Improving Chronic Pain Management” and is accredited by the University of Colorado School of Medicine for awarding continuing medical education (CME) credits.

We have partnered with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to develop three new continuing education-accredited modules:

  • ​REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies)-compliant for prescribing physicians in Colorado
  • Best Prescribing Practices in Veterinary Medicine for veterinarians in Colorado
  • Best Prescribing Practices in Dentistry for oral surgeons and dentists in Colorado​

Online Continuing Education Courses

Course for Veterinary Medicine Providers

This 1-hour online, self-paced course will help practitioners in veterinary medicine achieve balance between the benefits and risks of treatment with controlled substances. It provides practical evidence-based guidance for recognizing and minimizing prescription drug abuse and diversion, without compromising the care. Lear how to provide best practices for safe use, safe storage and safe disposal.​

This course has been approved for 1 hour of CE Credit by the Colorado State Board for Veterinary Medicine. 

Click here to enroll. 

Course for Dentistry Providers ​

This 1-hour online, self-paced course will provide information to understand the significance of the opioid epidemic, understand the role of dentists, learn best practices and strategies for preventing prescription drug diversion and abuse, and identify tools and resources.​

Click here to enroll. ​

Courses for Physicians, Nurses, and Pharmacists 

This course is specifically designed to raise awareness among health professionals who are authorized to prescribe, dispense, and administer controlled substances – including clinicians, pharmacists and nurses. Only a collaborative effort among prescribers, providers and regulators can succeed in promoting appropriate use of controlled substances while minimizing their abuse and diversion.

Click here to enroll. ​

​Click here​ to enroll in the 2-hour course, The Opioid Crisis: Guidelines and Tools for Chronic Pain Management. ​​

The Problem

Although many types of prescription drugs are abused, there is currently a growing, deadly epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by prescription painkillers, also known as opioid pain relievers. The unprecedented rise in overdose deaths in the US parallels a 300% increase since 1999 in the sale of these substances. These drugs were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008, more than cocaine and heroin combined.

Provider and Prescriber Education 

The Provider Education Work Group focuses on issues relating to improving the education and training of health care professionals who prescribe, dispense, or otherwise provide care for those receiving prescription medications with the potential for misuse, abuse, or diversion.​

Content Independent Statement

This independent continuing education activity is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. The content was developed independently by the contributing faculty and experts and has undergone peer review by the chairpersons. All materials appear with permission of the author(s). The opinions expressed are those of the faculty and are not to be construed as the publisher or grantor. 




Supporters and Key Partners

Colorado School of Public Health | Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance (HCPF) | COPIC | Colorado Division of Workmans' Compensation | Colorado Medical Society | Colorado Veterinary Medicine Association | Center for Personalized Education for Physicians (CPEP) | Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) | Colorado Hospital Association | Colorado Attorney General's Office | Denver Health | City Market |  JP Awareness Foundations | Governor's Office | Peer Assistance Services | RxPlus Pharmacies | Porter Primary Care | University of Colorado School of Pharmacy | Pinnacol Assurance


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