Pain Management Treatments: Opioid Therapies, When, Where, and How? Pt 1

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Opioid prescribing can be concerning and frustrating, but they are mainstays of pain treatment. When opioids are appropriate, understanding opioids, how they work, and dosing considerations are vitally important in caring for a patient experiencing pain. This session will focus on opioid mechanism of actions and different opioids, with special considerations that practitioner must take to safely prescribing and treat this patient population

Credits: 1.50 contact hours; 1.50 are pharmacology
Expiration Date: June 30, 2024



After taking part in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

-Describe opioid mechanism of actions and the role they play in pain syndromes
-List different opioids and the special considerations when prescribing them
-Explain safe opioid prescribing and considerations when opioids are prescribed

Brett Snodgrass, FNP-C, CPE, FACPP, FAANP

Assistant Director of Palliative Medicine at Baptist Memorial Hospital

Owner of BBS Health Education

Brett Badgley Snodgrass has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for 12 years, practicing in multiple settings including: family practice, urgent care, emergency departments, administration, chronic pain and palliative medicine. She is currently the Palliative Medicine Clinical Coordinator for the Baptist Healthcare System in Memphis, TN. Her primary focus is expansion of the palliative medicine program into other hospitals of the Baptist Healthcare System, as well as expanding the current program into the outpatient setting.

She is also the owner of BBS Health Education – where she creates and presents continuing education for healthcare providers, both live and online ( She is a nationally recognized nurse practitioner speaker and teacher.  She is an award-winning healthcare blogger – The NP Mom. Her blog offers answers to patient’s questions they often forget to ask! You can visit her blog at

Brett Is a chronic pain expert, working for more than 20 years with chronic pain patients in a variety of settings. She has opened and directed two chronic pain practices. She is a sought after speaker on the subject of chronic pain and the Opioid Epidemic. She currently serves on the TN Chronic Pain Task Force. She is a director at large of the TN Pain Society. She also serves as a co-chair of the TN Access To Care Coalition.  She is board certified with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, where she is the past TN State Representative. She is also a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Brett received the 2015 AANP State Excellence Award for Tennessee for her work across the state on the TN Chronic Pain Task Force, as well as advocating for TN Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners. She was also awarded the 2017 Memphis Business Journal Healthcare Hero Award.


Obtain Your Credits

To earn credits for this activity, navigate to the Content(s) tab and complete all course components in the following order: 1) watch the course presentation video; 2) complete the course evaluation; 3) pass the post-test with a score of 2/3 (66.7%) or higher. You may retake the post-test until a passing score is achieved, at which point you will be able to view/print a copy of your certificate of completion. This online certificate will also be saved within your profile 'My Dashboard' -> 'Transcript/Certificates Earned'  for future access.

Designation Statement

NPACE designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.50 contact hours, of which 1.50 is pharmacology credit. Participants should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement

Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

In addition to ANCC, NPACE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP8720 and Florida CE Broker #50-1476.



Contributing faculty, Brett Snodgrass, FNP-C, CPE, FACPP, FAANP speaks for Salix Pharmaceuticals. She also works in clinical partnership with Relistor. 


All planners and contributors involved in this educational activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 


The material presented in this continuing education program is being made available for educational purposes only and is not intended to represent the best or only methods, medications and/or guidelines appropriate for the medical situation discussed. Rather the material is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the presenter(s), which may be helpful, or of interest to other practitioners and should not be used by clinicians without the evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. NPACE disclaims any liability, loss, injury, or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any information given in a presentation.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may mention the uses of products that are not approved by the FDA for the indication(s) being discussed. The presenter(s) are instructed to notify participants when they are discussing unapproved uses or investigational agents. The opinions related to unapproved uses of products are solely those of the presenter(s) and are not endorsed or recommended by NPACE. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.


3 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/3 points to pass Please complete this pre-test prior to watching the presentation video - Simply click the 'Take Quiz' button. This pre-test is a non-graded assessment tool we use to establish a baseline and determine a participant's pre-existing knowledge.
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Course Evaluation
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3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  2/3 points to pass Click 'Take Quiz' to begin. Pass this 3 question post-test with a score of 2/3 (66.7%) or higher. You may retake the post-test until a passing score is achieved, at which point you will be able to view/print a copy of your certificate.
1.50 Contact Hours credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 Contact Hours credits  |  Certificate available You can now view/print a copy of your certificate of completion by clicking the button to the right. This online certificate will also be saved within your 'My Dashboard' --> 'Transcript/Certificates Earned' for future access.