Opiates: Preventing Addiction and Managing Pain


Person holding pillCourse Overview

This introductory course covers opioid addiction basics, strategies to decrease the risk of opioid addiction when treating patients with pain, and ways to treat acute pain in patients with opioid addiction.

Target Audience

This program is designed for health professionals dispensing opioid prescriptions or working with prescribers of opioid therapy. Other health care professionals who prescribe and monitor opioid therapy may also benefit from this program.

Completion Requirements

Successful completion is 70% or better on two assessments, completion of a verification form and an evaluation.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define substance abuse and dependence
  2. Differentiate between drug addiction and tolerance
  3. Explain the basic physiology of addiction
  4. Describe the impact of opioid abuse on the U.S. population
  5. Discuss available tools for assessing the benefits and risks of using opioid analgesics in specific patients
  6. Explain the purpose and appropriate use of prescription drug monitoring programs
  7. Discuss ways to identify a drug-seeking patient
  8. Identify strategies for treating acute pain in patients with a history of addiction


Angela Cortese, PharmD, BCPS
Angela Cortese is a licensed pharmacist who received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2007. After graduation she worked in retail pharmacy for a short time as well as for the Hennepin Regional Poison Center before moving to Emergency Medicine. She practiced for 5 years as a Clinical Pharmacist in the Emergency Department of a community hospital. She now teaches undergraduate, graduate and professional students at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. In 2013, she received her specialty certification in pharmacotherapy from the board of pharmaceutical specialties. Her teaching interests include pharmacotherapy, toxicology and critical care/emergency medicine.


  • Module 1: Strategies to Prevent Opioid Addiction 
  • Module 2: Treating Acute Pain in Patients with History of Addiction
Course Materials

All course materials will be available once you have access to the course website. Once registered in the course system, participants can log in and access the learning materials at their convenience.


Joint Accreditation logoIn support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The Universal Activity Number is 0031-0000-15-004-H04-P. Initial release: June 2015. Expiration Date: June, 2018. This knowledge-based online activity has been approved for 3 ACPE contact hours.

Dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental assistants who successfully complete this course will receive a statement of credit from Continuing Dental Education.

CE Completion Requirements
  • While anyone can take this course, only dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and pharmacists will receive CE credit.
  • Students must complete the activity content and assessments (passing with a 70% or better)
  • Following successful completion of the activity requirements, course evaluation, and a verification of completion form, dentists will receive a statement of completion from Continuing Dental Education and pharmacists will be able to access their CPE data directly from the Monitor. Once information is received by NABP, the tracking system will make CPE data for each pharmacist available to the state boards of pharmacy where the pharmacist is licensed or registered. Please allow 4 weeks after course completion for data to be complete.

Registration and Fees


Register for this course. Add Opiates: Preventing Addiction and Managing Pain to your cart and complete the checkout process. For more information, contact the Continuing Pharmacy Education office at onlinece@umn.edu.