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Chronic Pain Management and Opiates Resources


In 2018, the following language was added to The Illinois Controlled Substances Act:

(720 ILCS 570/315.5 new) Sec. 315.5. Opioid education for prescribers.

Every prescriber who is licensed to prescribe controlled substances shall, during the pre-renewal period, complete 3 hours of continuing education on safe opioid prescribing practices offered or accredited by a professional association, State government agency, or federal government agency. Notwithstanding any individual licensing Act or administrative rule, a prescriber may count these 3 hours toward the total continuing education hours required for renewal of a professional license. Continuing education on safe opioid prescribing practices applied to meet any other State licensure requirement or professional accreditation or certification requirement may be used toward the requirement under this Section. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may adopt rules for the administration of this Section.

In 2019, the following language was added to the ACGME Common Program Requirements:

The program must provide instruction and experience in pain management if applicable for the specialty, including recognition of the signs of addiction.

Educational Modules

This is the link to educational modules that offer some opportunities for faculty/trainee co-learning.



Best Practices in Rural Opiod Prescribing

CDC Checklist for Prescribing Opiates for Chronic Pain 2016

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opiates for Chronic Pain 2016

CDC Turn The Tide Pocket Guide

HHS Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics

NCHS Data on Drug-poisoning Deaths August 2017

FSMB Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics  April 2017

FDA’s Opioid Analgesic REMS Education Blueprint for Health Care Providers September 2018

FDA Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS)