Pathways to Safer Opioid Use


Pathways to Safer Opioid Use


Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an immersive, interactive training tool that was designed using the opioid-related recommendations outlined in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). The training uses the principles of health literacy and a multimodal, team-based approach to promote the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain in the primary care setting.

The goal of this simulation is to demonstrate best practices in safe opioid use and prevent adverse drug events. Participants will play as four individuals, make decisions for them, and see how those decisions play out.

In this behavior-based training using interactive video, participants will learn how to:
  • Apply health literacy strategies to help patients understand and act on information to prevent opioid-related ADEs
  • Identify individual risk factors, opioid medications, and interactions that place individuals with chronic pain at increased risk for opioid-related ADEs
  • Recognize the importance of a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to treating patients with chronic pain
  • Demonstrate the ability to combine the principles of the Health Literate Care Model and the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain management through case study examples

Continuing medical education is available to participants who complete the course.


Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (HHS); American Public Health Association

Funding Sources:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


Release Date: 2015
Date Verified: 08/31/16
Original Summary: August 2016
Last Updated: 09/09/16

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