Tapering Long-Term Opioid Therapy

With recent changes in guidelines designed to improve the safety of long-term opioid therapy, many prescribers have initiated opioid tapering programs though little is known about the risks and benefits of opioid tapering.  Possible risks of opioid tapering include worsened pain or function as well as identification of previously undiagnosed opioid use disorder. This webinar provides a brief background and review the available evidence to guide patient-centered tapering of long-term opioid therapy. We will provide strategies for clinicians to discuss tapering with their patients and get patient buy-in as well as resources to help implement opioid tapers.


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

  1. Identify strategies for discussing and implementing dose reduction of long-term opioid therapy
  2. Identify available resources to support discussion and implementation of dose reduction
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA Category 1
  • 1.00 Attendance
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Joesph Frank, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine 
VA Eastern Colorado Health System

Dr. Frank 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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