Pathways to Safer Opioid Use

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an interactive training that promotes the appropriate, safe and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain. It is based on the opioid-related recommendations in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan).

In this training, you will learn how to:

  • Apply health literacy strategies to help patients understand how to prevent opioid-related adverse drug events (ADEs)
  • Identify risk factors, opioid medications and interactions that increase people’s risk for opioid-related ADEs
  • Use a multidisciplinary, team-based approach for treating patients with chronic pain
  • Combine the principles of the Health Literate Care Model and the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain management through case study examples