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Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

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Webinars to cover pain management, avoidance of prescription misuse

Webinars to cover pain management, avoidance of prescription misuse

A new AMA webinar series will offer state-of-the-art education to help physicians develop skills to manage patients with persistent pain while prescribing opioid drugs safely and effectively.

This free 12-part series kicks off with a webinar on responsible opioid prescribing at 1 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 1. Participants will learn how to identify patients who are appropriate candidates for opioid therapy and how to monitor and evaluate their response. Lynn R. Webster, MD, president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, will discuss eight tested principles for managing pain while avoiding misuse of prescription opioids. Register now to participate.

Part of the Prescribers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies collaborative led by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, this webinar series will cover a range of important topics related to the intersection of pain management, opioid prescribing and substance abuse, including addiction. Each webinar will be archived for on-demand viewing.

Pain is one of the most common reasons patients seek medical attention in the United States, as more than 100 million Americans are burdened by chronic pain, according to a 2011 report by the Institute of Medicine. In recent years, the use of prescription opioids for managing persistent pain has increased substantially. At the same time, the country has seen a deeply concerning increase in prescription drug abuse, unintentional overdoses and deaths linked to prescription drugs.

The AMA continues to work with state and national legislators and other groups to combat prescription drug abuse while ensuring patients get the medications they need. Visit the AMA's Web page on prescription drug abuse and diversion to learn more.