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Safe Opioid Prescribing

Prescribers in New York are now required to complete three hours of education every three years on addiction, pain management, palliative care, and safe prescribing of opioids. We have compiled a list of online resources to help you obtain the necessary CME credits. Check the event calendars of the organizations below to find courses that fit your schedule and needs.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. The guidelines promote re-evaluation of opioid prescribing for all patients. View a summary by visiting the CDC website at and searching “CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.”

Providers’ Clinical Support System (PCSS)

PCSS is a national training and mentoring project developed in response to the prescription opioid overdose epidemic. Prescribers can access free continuing medical education (CME) and a mentor to provide individualized support for those treating pain and opioid use disorders.

PCSS provides the following trainings and clinical modules in addition to links to breaking news and resources related to management of patients on opioid medications:

Opioid Therapies focusing on safe opioid prescribing.

Medication Assisted Treatment focusing on treatment of opioid use disorders.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA sponsors CME training and has compiled Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIP) available online or in hard copy:

Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

SAMSH and HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions Trainings

Other training

Boston University provides CME training and more on the safe use of opioids

The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) offers a variety of courses for psychiatrists, including a buprenorphine waiver training. AAAP also offers the Addictions and Their Treatment course for physicians, nurses and allied health care professionals.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine offers live and online events for CME, educational webinars and an extensive e-learning catalog for a variety of addiction-related topics. 

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network’s Training and Events Calendar allows you to search for addiction-related trainings in your region, by month and by keyword.  

The Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions offers online training and educational materials on a variety of substance use topics for health professionals, addiction counselors, human service professionals, educators, and criminal justice workers.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers events and online trainings for CME for a variety of health topics including pain management and motivational interviewing.