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Opioid Crisis
 

Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse

Training providers to combat the opioid crisis


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioid overdoses claim the lives of 91 Americans every day and roughly 40% of those deaths involve prescription opioids. To address this crisis, we launched the first self-paced online course in 2012 to retrain healthcare providers on current state and federal guidelines for non-cancer chronic pain management. Our goal is to combat the growing opioid epidemic while providing the best care to patients. We partner with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to continue to train providers and prescribers — including physicians, pharmacists, veterinarians, nurses, and dentists — how to prevent opioid abuse and misuse.



Online Continuing Education Courses


Guidelines and Tools for Improving Pain Management: Opioid Stewardship

With the opioid crisis on the rise, it's never been more important for health professionals to stay up-to-date on the latest pain management methods. This online, self-paced course is designed for health professionals in Colorado who treat patients dealing with pain, including clinicians, nurses, dentists, psychologists, and pharmacists.

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Course for Dentistry Providers ​

This one-hour online, self-paced course provides information to help providers 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.​

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Course for Veterinary Medicine Providers

This one-hour online, self-paced course helps practitioners in veterinary medicine achieve balance between the benefits and risks of treatment with controlled substances. This course provides practical, evidence-based guidance for recognizing and minimizing prescription drug abuse and diversion, without compromising the care. This course has been approved for one hour of continuing education credit by the Colorado State Board for Veterinary Medicine.

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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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