How to Help People That Use Opioids (MED-1126)

This 2-hour course provides evidence-based treatment/management strategies for patients with certain types of pain and or substance abuse disorders. This course has been approved by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board as meeting the requirements for a continuing education course on the responsible opioid prescribing guidelines per Med 13.03(3) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals who care for patients who use opioids and other controlled substances.

Learning Objectives

Learners who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:
  • Review the epidemiology of opioid use disorder (OUD)
  • Identify methods to reduce harm in patients with OUD
  • Develop plans to help patients with OUD
Additional information


Office of Continuing Professional Development
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-4900
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 2.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Additional training resources include:

The following programs satisfy one or both of the above CME requirements, and have been endorsed by the pain stewardship team as being quality programming.  This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of available programming.

NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIH offers more than a dozen CME activities within the following domains: Stigma, Opioids, Opioid Overdose, Opioid Prescribing for Pain, Adolescent-focused, General Education.

NEJM Knowledge+

This FREE 10-hour CME/CE training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders satisfies the new one-time, eight-hour training requirement for all DEA-registered practitioners.  This module includes 62 case-based questions to claim CME credits.  It is mapped to the FDA Opioid Analgesic REMS blueprint, incorporates current guidelines in the appropriate use of opioids for pain management, and promotes evidence-based strategies for recognizing and treating opioid use disorder.

AMA Ed Hub

The 36.5 hours of CME activities listed on this page can be taken in any combination to fulfill the eight-hour DEA requirement.  Domains include: Basics of Safe Opioid Prescribing and Management, Basics of Addiction Treatment, Management of Addiction in Special Populations, Opioids and Fatalities: Prevention and Management, Addiction Medicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Providers Clinical Support System

The 23 modules in this 2023 curriculum provide an overview of evidence-based practices in the prevention, identification, and treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions for a variety of populations. Healthcare professionals who complete this curriculum should see an increase in their competence and confidence as they treat patients who are diagnosed with a substance use disorder.  The curriculum is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners or other advanced practice nurses, PAs, pharmacists, and the healthcare team. Each stand-alone module is available at no cost and includes: one 30-to-60-minute virtual presentation, with option of closed captioning, 1 pre and 3 post reflection evaluation questions, a certificate following each completed module with continuing education ranging from 0.75 to 1.25 credits, choice of available CE Credit types: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AAPA Category 1 CME, Nursing Contact Hours, Pharmacy CE Credit, Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Credit.


John Hayes, DO
Family and Addiction Medicine Physician
Assistant Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 2.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 2.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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**In order to ensure learners receive 2 CME credits for this course, it is required that learners watch a minimum of 2 hours of this video to move on to the quiz.  It is imperative you complete this without interruption. Starting and stopping the video will erase all progress made. The OCPD is monitoring learner participation time to ensure all requirements are met.  Manipulating the video may lead to discrepancies in the viewing time reported to the OCPD and will not allow you to move forward in the course.