The opioid use/overuse topic continues to generate interest across the individual states and nation. Maryland (362.1 per 100,000 population) and the District of Columbia (339 per 100,000 population) have the highest rate of opioid-related inpatient stays (HCUP SB #219, Dec 2016 - see below)

Education on opioid prescribing and opioid use are first steps to help address the problem.

Qlarant has compiled a list of free continuing education courses (CME, CNE, CPE), eleven (11) plus contact hours, for your organizations’ staff to complete at their own pace. Organizations including accrediting bodies, regulatory agencies and payers are monitoring opioid use with goals of improved patient care and safety.

Please share the resources widely within and across your organization and with other interested parties. Please take advantage of the free CE.

  1. CDC webinars: Continuing Education for COCA Calls/Webinars. Click the link: or refer to the listed webinar hyperlinks below.

Each webinar was held live on its specified date below. Click on the webinar title for the archived, on-demand recordings and related materials and resources.

Each webinar provides 1 CME, CNE, CPE, Webinar #, Live Webcast Date, and Title:
1. June 22, 2016

Overview of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

2. July 27, 2016

Nonopioid Treatments for Chronic Pain

3. August 3, 2016

Assessing Benefits and Harms of Opioid Therapy

4. August 17, 2016

Dosing and Titration of Opioids

5. November 29, 2016

Assessment for Opioid Use Disorder and Referral to Evidence-Based Treatment

6. December 6, 2016

Risk Mitigation Strategies: PDMPs, UDT, and Naloxone

7. December 13, 2016

Effective Communication with Patients About Opioid Therapy

The purpose of COCA continuing education opportunities is to increase clinicians’ knowledge and competencies of threats to the public’s health, their effects on human populations and evaluation and management strategies of these threats. COCA continuing education is free.

How to earn continuing education (CE):

1. Go to the CDC Training & Continuing Education Online System (

2. Log in as a participant. If this is your first visit, you will need to register and establish a login name and password

3. Click on “Search and Register”

4. Under “keyword search” find the course you are interested in by entering:

-“WC2286” for calls hosted in last 30 days

-“WD2286” for calls hosted past 30 days

5. Select your course

6. Complete evaluation

7. Pass posttest at 50%

8. Print your CE certificate

If you cannot participate in the live COCA Call/Webinar, you can still get CE! :

1. Review PowerPoint and transcript or listen to webinar or MP3

2. Go to the CDC Training & Continuing Education Online System (

3. Follow instructions above for completing evaluation and posttest

  1. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) Pathways to Safer Opioid Use: - 1 CME

This web-based training allows you to assume the role of 4 playable characters who make decisions – controlled by you – about preventing opioid-related adverse drug events (ADEs). The characters represent the following roles: primary care physician, nurse, pharmacist, and patient.

  1. Boston University - Overdose Preventions and Naloxone Rescue Kits for Prescribers and Pharmacists (

An ideal educational program for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and pharmacists. 1.25 CME, CNE, CPE
Through a case study, you will learn how to prevent overdoses among your patients and their social networks. Videos of Patient-Pharmacist-Prescriber encounters model how to provide patient overdose education and naloxone rescue kits

  1. DCRx: The DC Center for Rational Prescribing (

Two modules on opioid use; each module is accredited for 1.5 CME or CPE credits

  1. Opioids: The Painful truth. Understanding Opioids to Improve Outcomes and Safety (

1 contact hour ACPE


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