Each day in Tennessee, at least three people die from an opioid-related overdose, which is more than the number of daily traffic fatalities.

Since 1999, the number of opioid-related overdose deaths nationwide, including prescription opioids and heroin, has quadrupled. 

The courses in this collection offer various means for educating healthcare providers about opioids, alternative management (non-opioid) strategies for patients with pain, and opioid use and misuse among special populations.


This course is designed for clinicians or non-clinicians who are interested in general pain management related education. This may include clinicians who are no longer in active clinical practice, health-care administrators, students, or those whose practice setting may not be covered by one of the other courses.

This course is designed to instruct healthcare professionals on topics such as treatment and strategies for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), appropriate use of buprenorphine and methadone in pregnancy and postpartum period, safe alternatives to opioids in care of pregnant and peripartum patient, and the proper use of screening tools in pregnancy to assess for substance use disorder (SUD).

This course is designed for clinicians who treat patients primarily in the specialist areas of pain management or behavioral health.

This course is designed for adolescent care providers in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Topics include understanding how opioid-naïve adolescents are exposed to opioids and suggestions for non-opioid analgesic regimens to prevent these exposures, strategies for best practice management when treating adolescents with acute painful conditions, and the recognition of signs and symptoms of opioid withdrawal plus opioid use disorder in adolescents, including the evidence supporting the use of medication assisted treatment (MAT).

This course is designed for geriatric care providers in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Topics include the recognition of the implications of aging on opioid administration, strategies for acute and chronic pain management that  include plans of care that balance the risk of side effects with improvement in the quality of life, and opioid-related complications and overdose in the geriatric population.

This course is designed for health care providers in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Topics include the need to destigmatize medication assisted therapy, how to refer patients for these services, how to screen for opioid use disorder, and strategies to decrease the prescription of dangerous combinations of medications and increase the rate of prescription of non-opioid analgesics.

This course will equip the emergency department to compare treatment options for patients with acute opioid withdrawal, describe appropriate use of emergency department treatments, demonstrate proper use of screening tools to assess for OUD, discuss the process for prescribers to obtain their DEA-X waiver, and discuss the current state regulations regarding buprenorphine initiation by nurse practitioners and physician assistants in Tennessee.

Opioid prescribing laws are complex. Multiple laws guide clinical practice. This course seeks to teach Tennessee providers and dispensers what they need to know – the essentials of legal opioid prescribing in the state.


After the successful completion of the course, the instructions for claiming your credits/certification will be emailed to you. 

While QuizTime tracks your progress in your enrolled courses, CE certificates are provided by our CME system at vumc.cloud-cme.com, and instructions for claiming your credit/certificate will be emailed to you once your course is complete.