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Pain Management for People Who Use Opioids


Published Date: 03/15/2023

Expiration Date: 10/20/2023

CE Credit: No CE


In this presentation, Dr. Wiegand will delineate the differences between dependence and tolerance as it relates to opioid use. This training will provide an overview of opioid usage and its impact on adequate pain management. By the end of this training providers will be able to discuss ways to effectively manage pain use both opioid and non-opioid medications.


Effective June 27, 2023 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a one-time requirement of 8 hours of training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders for practitioners who are applying for or renewing their DEA license. This 1-hour ACCME-accredited course meets the DEA/SAMHSA requirement.


Timothy J. Wiegand,MD, FACMT, FAACT, DFASAM

Tim Wiegand is the Director of Toxicology and of the Toxicology & Addiction Consult Service at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York and he is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester New York. I also serve as adjunct faculty and consultant toxicologist for the SUNY Upstate Poison Center and SUNY Upstate Medical Toxicology Fellowship Training Program. In addition to these positions I am the Medical Director for Huther Doyle (a New York OASAS-certified outpatient substance use disorder treatment program) and I serve as expert consultant related to intoxication, impairment, drug testing interpretation and on standards of practice in addiction medicine and for the treatment of intoxication and withdrawal. For my Medical Toxicology training I completed a combined fellowship at the University of California San Francisco in Medical Toxicology & Clinical

Pharmacology and I have since become boarded through the practice pathway in Addiction Medicine through both ABAM and ABPM. Prior to fellowship I completed a categorical Internal Medicine residency training program at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Medical School at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Dentistry, Madison, Wisconsin.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe basic opioid pharmacology: dependence and tolerance.
  • Recognize the impact of opioid tolerance on achieving adequate analgesia.
  • Discuss strategies for pain management using opioid and non-opioid medication.

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