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How to Prevent Opioid Abuse: Training and Education

Physicians Taking More Education

An AMA survey7 found that 49,903 courses related to opioid prescribing, pain management or other related areas have been accessed and/or completed by physicians since October 2015.

7. AMA survey of 37 medical societies. New information will be added as it becomes available.

The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse encourages physicians across the nation to educate themselves on managing pain and promoting safe, responsible opioid prescribing. The resources on this page reflect many of the recommendations of the Task Force.

Explore our state-specific opioid prevention educational tools and resources recommended by the nation's medical societies and locate issue-specific resources related to increasing naloxone, using PDMPs, and supporting comprehensive treatment for substance use disorders.

CME Courses & Webinars on Safe Opioid Prescribing

Physicians can earn CME credit for studying many of these Task Force-approved resources.

Pain Management Training & Information

Resources From the Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies
The AMA and members of the Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse are collaborating on the Providers' Clinical Support System initiative, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and administered by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. The PCSS-O project maintains an inventory of more than 100 online modules and webinars on topics at the intersection of pain, opioids and addiction, as well as a support network.

Scholarly Articles on Pain Management & Addiction

Learn more about safe opioid prescribing, prescription drug addiction, pain management and more from these selected scholarly articles.

Resources for Patients

Patients can refer to this information to learn how to store and dispose of unused medication, find parenting tips on preventing drug abuse and advice for caregivers.