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AMA News Room

June 12, 2013

AMA to Hold Webinars on Chronic Pain and Opioid Use

For immediate release:
June 12, 2013

Free webinars will provide an overview of urine drug testing and a multidimensional approach to chronic pain treatment

CHICAGO – The American Medical Association (AMA), as part of its commitment to providing resources and tools to advance the practice of medicine, will host two free webinars about chronic pain and opioid use. One webinar addresses urine drug testing in patients with chronic pain and the other explores a multidimensional clinical approach to the treatment of chronic pain. These activities are part of a series of AMA webinars on topics related to responsible opioid prescribing.

“Prescription drug abuse is a serious epidemic that cannot be ignored, and any action we take to curb it must ensure that patients who are suffering from chronic pain get the treatment they need,” said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D. “The AMA is pleased to offer a series of webinars to help physicians combat prescription drug abuse while promoting responsible pain management.”

While overuse and misuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem, a great deal of human pain and suffering remains inadequately treated. According to a 2011 Institute of Medicine report, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Many of these chronic pain sufferers need prescription opioids to function in their day-to-day lives.

Webinar I: June 25, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. EDT: An overview of the benefits and limitations of urine testing in patients with chronic pain, is intended to provide physicians with the knowledge that will help them incorporate urine drug testing into their practice as a tool to monitor patient safety and medication adherence.

Webinar II: June 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. EDT: An exploration of a multidimensional clinical approach to the treatment of chronic pain, as well as co-occurring mental health and substance disorders, which can be implemented in both primary care and specialty practices. The course will outline evidence-based options for patient engagement in chronic pain treatment and tips on identifying clinical and support resources in community based settings. The appropriate role of opioid analgesics in the context of active pain recovery will also be reviewed.

The programs are being offered free thanks to funding from the collaborative for the Prescriber Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies. To register for the webinars, visit http://eo2.commpartners.com/users/ama/session.php?id=11045 and http://eo2.commpartners.com/users/ama/session.php?id=11044.  

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