Best Practice Prescribing: Opioids, Pain Management, and Addiction (RX-3)


This basic practice prescribing course teaches prescribers how to recognize common prescribing errors and best practices that can be implemented right away to start protecting patients. Engaging and interactive, this self-paced course covers: setting prescribing-related professional boundaries, team-based pain management approaches, assessment of patients for misuse potential, physical dependence vs. addiction, risky prescribing patterns and how to avoid them, compliance with documentation, laws, and rules, and common misconceptions about opioids and the opioid epidemic.

Note: This self-paced, online course is not remedial in nature and not intended to fulfill interventional or remedial course requirements for clinicians required to complete remedial coursework. Click here to view our live, remedial, prescribing course.

*This course meets training requirements for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) MATE Act.

Course Format

Self-paced, online course combining readings, interactive assignments, knowledge checks, and quizzes.

Course Topics

This best practices course provides an introduction to a variety of prescribing topics, including:

  • Prescribing of controlled drugs and substances
  • Treatment and management of patients with chronic pain
  • Compliance with documentation, laws, and rules
  • Risky prescribing patterns
  • Assessment of patients for misuse potential
  • Physical dependence vs. addiction
  • Setting prescribing-related boundaries

Learning Objectives

  • Implement safer, more effective treatment of pain with improved outcomes through the application of a comprehensive knowledge of the spectrum of pain medications
  • Apply prescribing laws and regulations into clinical practice for the safe and effective use of opioids and controlled substances
  • Produce and maintain medical records that document compliance with prescribing laws and document appropriate management and treatment of chronic pain
  • Differentiate opioid dependency and addiction to minimize abuse potential and maximize pain management


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Professional Boundaries, Inc. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates these live activities each for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Registration Options

Course Credits

3 CME hours

Course Costs

$99.00 Flat

Date: Open Enrollment

Type: Online


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    - Best Practice Prescribing Course Graduate
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