Continuing Education

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Provider and Pharmacist Continuing Education


For all health care professionals

Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids aims to help healthcare providers apply CDC’s recommendations in clinical settings through patient scenarios, videos, knowledge checks, tips, and resources.

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an interactive training tool that promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain. (Free via CDC TRAIN.)

Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) Training is a one-hour  course is designed to train providers on opioid safety/overdose prevention and training patients to respond to an overdose with naloxone.  (Free via CDC TRAIN.)

Prescribe To Prevent offers an overdose education and prevention course called Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Rescue Kits for Prescribers and Pharmacists (free).

Quick-Learn Lesson: Naloxone Administration ia a 15-20 minute web-based training that supports individuals in the recognition and response to an opioid overdose. (Free via CDC TRAIN.)



Pharmacy Times Continuing Education provides an on-demand webinar called The Pharmacist’s Role in Combatting the Opioid Crisis in Pain Management (free).

The North Carolina Association of Pharmacists offers the following free CE webinars:

The American Pharmacists Association provides several training opportunities, including:


For Providers and Prescribers

Recovery University, Alliance’s online training gateway, offers a range of courses relating to addiction and substance use disorders for professionals who work across a range of human service settings.

The North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) lists in-person and online courses that will help prescribers comply with NCMB CME requirements.

Treating Chronic Pain Without Opioids examines the benefits and expected outcomes of prescribing nonopioid medications and nonpharmacologic treatments to  patients. (Free via CDC TRAIN.)

Assessing and Screening for Addiction in Chronic Pain Patients This webinar addresses the types of screening used to determine an appropriate assessment for pain and addiction to aid physicians in determining if long term opioid analgesia is a viable option for a patient with chronic pain. (Free via CDC TRAIN.)

The Pharmacologic Management of Substance Use Disorders Webinar discusses the pharmacologic therapies for detoxification and relapse prevention for substance use disorders. (Free via CDC TRAIN.)

Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS), a grant project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides cutting edge, evidence-based educational resources, trainings, and mentoring on substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders for health care professionals.

Among the trainings are:

  • PCSS-O Core Curriculum for primary care providers who want to have in-depth knowledge in treating chronic pain. The modules that make up the curriculum give up-to-date and evidence-based information on best opioid prescribing practices. (Free.)
  • MAT Waiver Training, for providers who wish  to apply for the waiver from the Drug Enforcement Agency to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder.
  • Prescribing Naloxone to Patients for Overdose Reversal discusses the use of naloxone for overdose reversal by bystanders and how to prescribe naloxone to those at risk of experiencing or witnessing an accidental overdose.


For Dentists

The American Dental Association provides free online continuing education courses covering the latest techniques for prescribing opioids safely and effectively.

North Carolina dentists: Beginning in 2017, as a condition of dental license renewal for 2018, all licensees who have a current DEA registration MUST complete an annual CE course of at least one hour that shall include, but not be limited to, instruction on controlled substance prescribing practice and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management. The  North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners offers a partial list of courses that fulfill the requirement.

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