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Impacting the Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Education, and Practice for Non-Prescribing Providers

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Step Status
Educational Materials
Release Date: Thu, 2/16/23
Termination Date: Sat, 1/31/26
Credits: 16

This course will empower non-prescribing providers to directly impact the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States through increased knowledge and tools that will transform practice and policies. The course will inform you about the opioid epidemic and provide information and research about evidence-based strategies that are focused on prevention, intervention, education, or policy.

This open learning course is designed primarily for non-prescribing healthcare, behavioral health, dental and social services professionals, as well as graduate-level students in these fields. Other individuals may also benefit from this course such as educators and physicians.

As a learner, you have the ability to select any or all of the modules and topics that interest you. You can complete the course in a linear or non-linear structure according to your preferred viewing order. This course is taught by experts in the field of opioid prevention, intervention, treatment, and policy. Through lectures, panels and interviews, knowledge checks and quizzes, and additional readings and activities, you can explore topics that are most relevant to your work or practice.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to educate their patients on the safe use of opioids and the prevention of misuse, detect risk factors for opioid misuse and abuse, and refer patients to additional evidence-based resources.

The course was developed by three University of Michigan programs, including the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), the Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (OPEN) and the CDC-funded University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center.

The course consists of 6 “lessons” or modules of varying length, for a total commitment of about 16 hours. Course modules include:

  1. Epidemiology of the Opioid Crisis
  2. Understanding of Pain
  3. Prevention of Misuse and Abuse
  4. Working with Patients and the Public
  5. Addiction Treatment and Recovery
  6. Public Policy
Educational Objectives: At the end of this activity, participant should be able to:
  1. Explain the factors that contributed to the current opioid crisis.
  2. Understand the pathophysiology of pain and its treatment, including what opioids are and how they work.
  3. Understand how to reduce unintended use and misuse of opioids using various strategies, including prescribing guidelines, surveillance, safe disposal of unused opioids, and intervention messaging.
  4. Identify what strategies and tools you can employ to impact the safe use of opioids across clinical care settings and with a variety of populations.
  5. Describe best practices for assessing and treating opioid use disorder (OUD) and explain the evidence that informs these best practices.
  6. Understand different aspects of public policy that can impact the opioid epidemic.

Financial Disclosures

Faculty Listing

Educational Planner

John Z Ayanian, MD, MPP


  • John Z Ayanian, MD, MPP
  • Mark C Bicket, MD, PhD
  • Amy Bohnert
  • Carol J Boyd, PhD, MSN, RN
  • Chad M Brummett, MD
  • Patrick Carter, MD
  • Daniel J Clauw, MD
  • Rebecca M Cunningham, MD
  • Gina Dahlem, PhD, NP
  • Michael J Englesbe, MD
  • Karen B Farris, PhD
  • Jason Goldstick, PhD
  • Goodarz M Golmirzaie, MD
  • Rebecca L Haffajee, PhD, JD, MPH
  • Calista M Harbaugh, MD
  • Afton L Hassett, Psy.D.
  • Paul E Hilliard, MD
  • Mark ANDREW Ilgen, PhD
  • Keith E Kocher, MD
  • Pooja A Lagisetty, M.D.
  • Allison Lin, MD
  • Jenifer J Martin, JD
  • Donovan T Maust, MD
  • Romesh P Nalliah, DDS
  • Quyen Ngo
  • Michael A Smith, PharmD
  • Matthew Stefanko
  • Emma Steppe
  • Sarah Anne Stoddard, PhD, CNP, RN
  • Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN, FAAN
  • Golfo K Tzilos Wernette, PhD
  • Philip Veliz, PhD
  • Jennifer E F Waljee, MD
  • Maureen Walton
  • Maureen Welch-Marahar, MPP

Activity Coordinators

  • Nichole Burnside, MBA
  • Emilee Coulter-Thompson, LMSW
  • Karen B Farris, PhD
  • Emily McKanna
  • Elizabeth Seese, MS, CCRC
  • Emma Steppe
  • Sarah Anne Stoddard, PhD,CNP, RN
Target Audience: This activity is appropriate for House Officers, Medical Students, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Other Healthcare Professionals, Physician Assistants, Physicians, Social Workers in the fields of Adolescent Medicine, Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, General Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Other Healthcare Professions, Palliative Medicine, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Primary Care, Psychiatry, Psychology, Sleep Medicine, Social Work, Sports Medicine, Surgery.
Accreditation and Credit Designation:

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ program and MOCA® are registered trademarks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®. This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology's redesigned Maintenance of Certification in AnesthesiologyTM (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

Additional Info: Bibliographic Resources

Brooklyn, J.R., & Sigmon, S.C. (2017). Vermont Hub-and-Spoke Model of Care for Opioid Use Disorder: Development, Implementation, and Impact. J Addict Med, 11(4), 286-292.doi:10.1097/ADM.0000000000000310

Keyes, K.M., Cerda, M., Brady, J.E., Havens, J.R., & Galea, S. (2014). Understanding the Rural-Urban Differences in Nonmedical Prescription Opioid Use and Abuse in the United States. Am J Public Health, 104(2), e52-e59. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301709

Kolodny, A., Courtwright, D.T., Hwang, C.S., Kreiner, P., Eadie, J.L., Clark, T.W., & Alexander, G.C. (2015). The Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: A Public Health Approach to an Epidemic of Addiction. Annual Review of Public Health, 36, 559-574.

OPEN: Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network. (2022, October). https://michigan-open.org/

Video, Telephone, In-Person Buprenorphine Treatment for OUD During Pandemic, JAMA Network Open, doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.36298

Category: Pain and Symptom Management

Credits available:

ABA MOC Part II: 16.00
AMA PRA Category 1: 16.00
Participation: 16.00