Methadone: Its Role in Opioid Addiction Treatment vs. Pain Management

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Direct providership by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH, American Society of Addiction Medicine

Kenneth B. Stoller, MD, American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence 

Module Description
This module focuses on the role of methadone in opioid addiction treatment compared to when it is used for pain management. This continues to be an area of confusion among patients and healthcare providers. The module describes key pharmacological differences of methadone for the two indications, including methadone dosing and monitoring considerations.  The module reviews the history of methadone and the unique regulations that apply to the use of methadone in treating opioid addiction compared to its use in treating pain. The module describes the epidemiologic impact of methadone on morbidity and mortality related to opioid use disorder compared to that related to pain. Finally, the module provides suggestions on what information patients should receive if methadone is part of a treatment regimen for opioid use disorder or pain.

Click here to view the companion Follow-Up 1-hr archived Webinar with Dr. Stoller and Dr. Olsen which was held on September 20, 2016.

Completion of the online module is a pre-requisite to participate in this follow-up webinar. After you have viewed the online module and completed the post-test, you will receive an email with the link to register for the upcoming follow-up webinar.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Describe key pharmacological differences between methadone used for treatment of opioid addiction and its use in treating pain
  • Identify regulations unique to the use of methadone in treating opioid addiction compared to its use in treating pain
  • Understand the epidemiologic impact of methadone on morbidity and mortality related to opioid addiction compared to that related to pain

Accreditation and Designation
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) designates this enduring material for a maximum of one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

How to Receive CME Credits
Upon completion of the Post Test:

  • If you pass the Post Test with a grade of 80% or higher, you will be instructed to click a link which will bring you to the Online Module Evaluation Survey. Upon completion of the Online Module Evaluation Survey, you will receive a CME Credit Certificate or Certificate of Completion via email.
  • If you received a grade of 79% or lower on the Post Test, you will be instructed to review the Online Module once more and retake the Post Test.
  • After successfully passing the Post Test, you will receive an email detailing correct answers, explanations and references for each question.

System Requirements
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