WHY WE’RE HERE
The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. While prescription opioid pain analgesics are a viable option in the successful treatment of millions of Americans living with acute or chronic pain, if not prescribed safely and judiciously, their risks far outweigh their benefits.
Prescribing these medications, and then managing the patients who take them, is complex work. Complications including misuse, abuse, diversion, addiction and opioid overdose have created a serious public health epidemic in the United States. Deaths from drug overdoses have increased across the U.S., driven, in large part, by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin.
This public health crisis calls for comprehensive clinical education for healthcare professionals on the characteristics of the drugs, assessing patients, initiating/modifying/discontinuing therapy, managing therapy, and counseling patients and caregivers. CO*RE’s CE/CME curriculum helps clinicians balance the risks of opioid analgesics with the benefits for relief to patients in their practice. CO*RE has brought awareness of the public health imperative to over a million healthcare professionals.