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Impacting the Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Education, and Practice for Non-Prescribing Providers


CME Learners: View information about expected results, presenters, their disclosures, and CME credit here.

This course will empower non-prescribing providers to directly impact the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States through increased knowledge and tools that will transform practice and policies. The course will inform you about the opioid epidemic and provide information and research about evidence-based strategies that are focused on prevention, intervention, education, or policy.

This open learning course is designed primarily for non-prescribing healthcare, behavioral health, dental and social services professionals, as well as graduate-level students in these fields. Other individuals may also benefit from this course such as educators and physicians.

As a learner, you have the ability to select any or all of the modules and topics that interest you. You can complete the course in a linear or non-linear structure according to your preferred viewing order. This course is taught by experts in the field of opioid prevention, intervention, treatment, and policy. Through lectures, panels and interviews, knowledge checks and quizzes, and additional readings and activities, you can explore topics that are most relevant to your work or practice.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to educate their patients on the safe use of opioids and the prevention of misuse, detect risk factors for opioid misuse and abuse, and refer patients to additional evidence-based resources.

The course was developed by three University of Michigan programs, including the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), the Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (OPEN) and the CDC-funded University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center.

The course consists of 6 “lessons” or modules of varying length, for a total commitment of about 16 hours. This translates to 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 16 Michigan Social work continuing education credits. Course modules include:

  • Epidemiology of the Opioid Crisis

  • Understanding of Pain

  • Prevention of Misuse and Abuse

  • Working with Patients and the Public

  • Addiction Treatment and Recovery

  • Public Policy

Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Michigan Board of Social Work Continuing Education (CE) Credits

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The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ program and MOCA® are registered trademarks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®. This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology's redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

Released for CME Credit on 2/16/23, with credit available through 1/31/26.

This course is approved by the NASW-Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative Approval # 110422-02 for 16 CE Hours. This on-demand course is approved for 12 months.




6 weeks



U-M Credit Eligible



  • John Ayanian

    Professor, Internal Medicine

  • Karen Farris

    Professor of Clinical Pharmacy