Module Two Alternatives to Opioids for Pain (Innovations and Smart Approaches in Safe Prescribing)


Learn several new concepts and innovation tips. Learn about the new CDC Guidelines about pain. This program will show how to treat pain, opioid withdrawal, and/or opioid addiction. It will show how to taper opioids and you will learn how to conduct “motivational interviewing.” You will be refamiliarized utilizing the CDC Guidelines for prescribing opioids. You will also be encouraged to utilize nonpharmacological and pharmacological alternatives to opioids. Lastly, assess your effectiveness and use of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program. This module consists of four audio-filled videos. To successfully complete this course, you need to achieve a passing score of 80 percent in the post-test questions.

Course ID #: TJE 231255.0 Issue Date: 5/9/2023 Expiration Date: 5/9/2026

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Utilize the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids, risks in prescribing opioids, and alternative pain management in the treatment and management of patients with pain.
  • Utilize non-pharmacological and pharmacological alternatives to opioids, including the use of trigger point injections, regional anesthesia blocks, lidocaine patches to treat pain when non-opioid approaches are the best option for individuals patients with pain.
  • Implement Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), a comprehensive surgical and presurgical program that improves mobility, reduces mortality, and decreases opioid use with better pain management when this approach is the best treatment for individual patients.

Course Developers

Roneet Lev, MD, FACEP, Emergency and Addiction Medicine, Scripps Mercy Hospital Emergency Department.
Johanna Lackner, MPH, MSW, Senior Director, Continuing Professional Development, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Doctors Company and Champions for Health. The Doctors Company is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity.


This program is being offered for informational and educational purposes only from a Patient Safety Risk Management perspective and does not constitute legal advice. Laws vary from state to state, actual clinical situations often involve subtle differences and nuances from program scenarios or recommendations, and the recommendations provided in this activity may not apply to all practice situations. In complex circumstances, which present significant potential for an adverse event or litigation, TDC and the faculty recommend you consult directly with your corporate or personal counsel for professional legal guidance. 

Complies with State Requirements

Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State. 

Technical Requirements

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