Goals and Objectives

This activity has been developed for healthcare professionals who encounter patients seeking prescription medications in work settings and routinely provide care to manage pain.

Healthcare providers who encounter patients seeking prescription medications or routinely provide care to manage pain need to be able to recognize signs of addiction and identify manipulative patient behaviors, and know appropriate options to assist with managing these patients.

The purpose of this activity is to incite change in medical practice leading to increased availability of addiction services and decreased drug dependency. Through interactive lectures, interviews, panel discussions, and audience participation, resources for healthcare providers will be explored to assist with addressing the opioid addiction crisis.  Upon completion of the activity, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the epidemic from start to present;
  • Recognize signs of addiction and identify manipulative patient behaviors;
  • Discover the latest in addiction counseling and learn about Recovery Coaches;
  • Implement medical options for maintaining recovery;
  • Identify contraindications to various drugs used to treat opioid addiction;
  • Recognize the differences between various pharmacotherapies for addiction;
  • Gain insight into life after drugs through the eyes of a recovering addict.

Course Information

Course Information

CME Release Date:  July 27th, 2017
Content Reviewed: July 19th, 2018
Valid for credit through:  July 27th, 2019
Course type:  Video lecture
Sponsored in part by:  SMA Services, Inc.

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure has approved this course for 3 HB1 hours. Your CME certificate will include an identification number assigned by the Board for this course. Please submit a copy of this certificate to the Board to fulfill the requirement.

 Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.  Estimated time:  5 minutes
  • Study the educational content and references. Estimated time:  179 minutes
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%. Estimated time: 10 minutes
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation. Estimated time:  5 minutes

Upon completion of the evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed within 2 weeks.  Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you can contact Southern Medical Association for a duplicate copy of your credit.

Course Materials


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