​​Applying Patient-Centered Pain Care to Practice: A Case of Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder​

This activity is part of a series


Melissa Weimer, DO, MCR, FASAM
Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health
Medical Director, Addiction Medicine Consult Service, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
Melissa Weimer, DO, MCR, FASAM

Dr. Melissa B. Weimer, DO, MCR, FASAM, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health. She is a clinician-educator who is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. She is the Director of the Yale Addiction Medicine Consult Service at Yale New Haven Hospital and Associate Program Director for the Yale Addiction Medicine Fellowship program. Dr. Weimer has a clinical and research focus on improving the care of patients with addiction and its associated comorbidities, particularly in the hospital setting, and has specialty expertise in the treatment of complex pain. She is also passionate about expanding the workforce of healthcare professionals who can treat individuals with substance use disorders.

Sudheer Potru, DO, FASAM
Director, Complex Pain Clinic, Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA
Sudheer Potru, DO, FASAM

Dr. Sudheer Potru is a triple-board-certified anesthesiologist, interventional pain physician, and addiction medicine specialist with a strong interest in both opioid safety and addiction.  A Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, he is also the medical director of the Atlanta VA’s complex pain clinic, which specializes in treating veterans who have chronic pain associated with high-dose opioid use or substance abuse problems.  He founded The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine?s (ASRA) Pain and Substance Use Disorder Special Interest Group (SIG) in 2019, sits on multiple national committees related to pain and substance use disorders, and is passionate about teaching other clinicians about diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders as well as research and advocacy related to these topics.

Statement of Need

Patients taking prescription opioids to manage pain are at a heightened risk of developing opioid use disorder (OUD). This innate risk needs to be vigilantly monitored by health care providers (HCPs) and strategies must be in place to engage patients in treatment when OUD is confirmed. HCPs should be aware of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ (DSM-5) criteria for the diagnosis of OUD as well as the risk factors and available risk assessments for OUD. Long-term exposure to opioid therapy causes psychological and neurological changes and practical guidance for safe and thoughtful tapering must be executed slowly to ensure patients’ safety. Additionally, clinicians must be up to date on naloxone prescribing regulations as well as community resources for the psychosocial treatment of OUD.

In this fourth and final installment of a REMS BriefCase series on pain management faculty will discuss the importance of recognizing the signs of OUD and how to intervene if red flags do appear. It is vital that clinicians prescribing opioids monitor their patients closely for OUD and are equipped with the tools needed to safely treat the disorder.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to utilize the DSM-5 criteria to identify and diagnose opioid use disorder (OUD) in patients prescribed opioids for acute and chronic pain. Develop strategies for engaging patients in treatment for OUD.

Financial Support

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies.

Please click here for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Target Audience

Physicians, surgeons, dentists, physician associates (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurse practitioners, and pharmacists

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Dr. Weimer reports the following financial relationships: Consultant: CVS Health and Path CCM, Inc.

Dr. Potru reports no financial relationships to disclose.

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  • Michael Franks, APRN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC (peer reviewer)
  • Thomas W. Heinrich, MD (planning committee)
  • Evan Luberger (planning committee)
  • Kellie Busby, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Kasey Brandt, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

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​​Applying Patient-Centered Pain Care to Practice: A Case of Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder​
Event Date: 12/23/2022 at 5:00 am EST