Complex Chronic Pain, Opioid Prescribing and Opioid Use Disorder: Pitfalls, Pearls and New Directions

Chronic pain is widely prevalent and often treated with opioids, which can be complicated by low efficacy, safety issues, misuse and opioid use disorder. In this case-based webinar, we will discuss practical approaches to diagnosis and treatment with a special focus on communication tips to support patients, providers, and staff as they navigate challenging clinical scenarios.


ASAM and/or CSAM Members: Free
Non-Member: $50.00

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This enduring internet activity is jointly provided by the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) and the California Health Care Foundation. CSAM is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CSAM takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

CSAM designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

PA’s, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and therapists can earn CEU credit.

Target Audience

  1. Primary care physicians who are implimenting medication assisted treatment of opioid dependence.
  2. Other clinicians who see patients dependent on opioids.

Learning Objectives

After attending, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate chronic pain and opioid use disorder as distinct entities that commonly co-occur
  • Understand complexities of and tips for making an opioid use disorder diagnosis in patients on long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain
  • Learn about potential roles for buprenorphine in managing complex chronic pain
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA Category 1
  • 1.00 Attendance
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Course expires: 

William C. Becker, MD
Core Investigator: Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities & Education (PRIME) Center of Innovation, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Becker and the planners of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA Category 1
  • 1.00 Attendance


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