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.

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The Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain


By Binit J. Shah, MD Senior Instructor, Departments of Anesthesiology & Psychiatry University Hospitals Case Medical Center Cleveland, OH

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Module Description: This online module focuses on the use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP). It reviews the current state of opioid prescribing, the (lack of) evidence for efficacy,  and new research on opioid side effects (including opioid-induced endocrinopathy and immunosuppression). It concludes with the latest evidence regarding rates of addiction with prescribed opioids and introduces the concept of opioid risk stratification and gives tools for screening.


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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Prescribers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (1H79TI023439) from SAMHSA.The views expressed in written conference materials or publications andby speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the officialpolicies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.                                   

 For more information about Prescribers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies, go to www.pcss-o.org.