PCSS-O Free Online Module!

Prescribers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) is a three year grant funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). It is a collaborative project led by American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) with: American Dental Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM), American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), and International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA). These organizations are providing training and education on the safe and effective prescribing of opioid medications in the treatment of pain and/or opioid addiction.

Free Online Module!

Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia (OIH)
By Brian Johnson M.D. Assoc Prof Psychiatry and Anesthesia SUNY Upstate Medical University
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Module Description:

  1. Get the “big picture” about why opioid prescribing has accelerated recently, setting the environment for OIH to be commonplace
  2. Know the definition of OIH
  3. Know the neural mechanisms of OIH
  4. Know the effect of methadone or buprenorphine maintenance on OIH
  5. Know how long it takes to induce OIH

This online module explains the 21st century concept of opioid induced hyperalgesia. 3% of Americans are currently maintained on opioids for chronic pain. Some of these patients experience increasing pain, and expect their opioid dose to go up. Participants will learn that the increased pain is often generated by nociceptive drivers being upregulated by opioid administration. Opioid pain pills cause pain. Mechanisms of pain exacerbation by opioids are explained. Management of these patients is discussed.


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