Chronic opioid and pain management: Best practices

In this pre-recorded webinar, speakers Don Stader, MD, FACEP, and Steven Wright, MD, will discuss how to identify appropriate patients for chronic opioid therapy and how to implement appropriate monitoring of chronic opioid therapy in your practice.  Drs. Stader and Wright will also discuss how to safely discontinue chronic opioid therapy.  This course, in its entirety, will take an estimated 85 minutes to complete.

Target Audience



Advanced Practice Clinicians

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify patients appropriate for initiation of chronic opioid therapy and how to discuss expectations.
  2. Implement appropriate monitoring of chronic opioid therapy and how to minimize side effects and adverse outcomes.
  3. Discuss how to address opioid misuse, concomitant substance use disorder (SUD) and other common issues (i.e. aberrancy management).
  4. Understand how to safely and effectively discontinue chronic opioid therapy.
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Don Stader, MD, FACEP

Don Stader, MD, FACEP, is an emergency physician, opioid expert, film producer and innovator. He works at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, CO, where he serves as the section chair of emergency medicine and associate ED medical director. Stader holds a medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine and attended emergency medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center. He is the Past President of the Colorado chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (COACEP) and former President of the Emergency Medicine Resident's Association (EMRA). He is also founder and past chair of Colorado ACEP's Opioid Task Force, Editor-in-Chief of COACEP's 2017 Opioid Prescribing and Treatment Guidelines and the leader of CO's CURE, an effort to create multidisciplinary opioid prescribing and treatment guidelines for the state of Colorado. Stader is the Senior Pain Management and Opioid Policy Physician Adviser for the Colorado Hospital Association and serves on multiple national and local committees addressing the opioid epidemic in Colorado and across the nation. He is the founder and chair emeritus of the nonprofit, The Emergency Medical Minute, which provides free online emergency medical education via podcasts and video.

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