Core Program: Minimizing the Risk of Prescription Opioid Misuse

A member of The CTI Addiction Training Group: SBIRT Training | Opioid Risk Reduction | Buprenorphine Training
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Module: Chronic Pain and Opioids: What's the Plan?
Provides an overview of reducing the risk of opioid use for non-terminal chronic pain, co-morbid addiction, and non-medical use of opioids. Current guidelines for chronic opioid therapy are presented:

  • Assessing level of pain
  • Determining if opioid therapy is the proper treatment
  • And, if so, choosing the right opioid therapy

Skills learned are applied with Barbara who has to postpone recommended knee surgery for a while.

Module: Communicating about Opioids: Assessing Risk and Creating a Shared Approach (Case-Illustrated)
Assessment of chronic pain patients for risk of substance abuse and how to reduce risk via communication and treatment agreements.


Skills learned are applied with Paula, who requests additional medication to treat hip bursitis

Module: Clinical Case with Common Pain Conditions (Interactive Case-Based Learning)
An interactive case vignette! Assess skills learned in the first part of the program and apply them to a common pain conditions. Reviews assessment, baseline urine drug testing, and how to stratify risk for a patient according to screening and assessment results.

Apply skills learned in the first two modules with Olivia, who suffers from osteoarthritis that has not responded to first-line therapies.

Continuing Education: Up to 3 hrs AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢ or DCBN credit are available for completing the program.

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CORE Program Trains Clinicians to:

  • Initiate pain treatment including use of first line therapies.
  • Using opioids only as needed, while avoiding addiction complications.
  • Triage patients requiring chronic opioid therapy to the appropriate level of care to stratify risk.
  • Screen carefully and thoroughly for risks of addiction/abuse before prescribing chronic opioid therapy.
  • Communicate effectively with patients regarding how to avoid risks of opioids.
  • Practice sound clinical/office protocols to avoid diversion and overdose.

What is Offered in the Core Program

  • Provides up to 3 hours of instruction on clinical skills training using examples from pain & addiction patients.
  • Completion Certificate (Accreditation Pending)
  • Created for health professionals
  • Trains in core interpersonal and professional competencies
  • Expert reviewed