Using Methadone for Chronic Pain

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Thank you for your interest in this online activity.  This course is no longer available as of July 7, 2016.

Course Description

Course Goal

To provide prescribing practitioners with the information needed to safely and effectively prescribe opioids and methadone where appropriate.

Target Audience

This online module is intended for Washington State practitioners who wish to fulfill criteria for prescribing long acting opioids according to the law HB 2876.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this CME activity, participants will be able to provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Describe basic methadone pharmacology
  • Initiate methadone in both an opioid naive patient or as a an opioid rotation
  • Discuss safe prescribing practices with regards to methadone

Planning Committee & Disclosures

Gordon Irving, M.D., Chair
Disclosures: Speaker: Lilly USA; Consultant: Lilly USA and Horizant

Paul Gianutsos, M.D., M.P.H.
Disclosures: None

Jennifer Lee, M.D.
Disclosure: None

Danielle Westley, CME Specialist
Disclosure: None

Faculty Disclosure

Pam Squire, M.D.
Grants/Research Support: Pfizer, Janssen Ortho, Purdue, Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim, Astra Zeneca, Valeant
Speakers Bureau/Honoraria: Janssen Ortho, Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, Purdue, Ortho Biotech, Bayer, Valeant, Biovail, Paladin, Merck Frosst, Proctor and Gamble, Astra Zeneca and GSK
Consulting Fees: Valeant, Janssen Ortho, Pfizer, Purdue, Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim, Biovail, Paladin, Merck Frosst, Astra Zeneca, GSK, Bayer.
Resolution: Dr. Squire's presentation was reviewed by to ensure the content was evidence-based and unbiased.  Disclosure was accurate at the time the presentation was recorded.

Commercial Support

No commercial support was used in the development of this CME learning activity.



CME Credit

Accreditation Accreditation with Commendation

Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Swedish Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



General Information

System Requirements

Before viewing the video, please test your system.  Please note the course quizzes will not currently work in Internet Explorer 10 or 11.  We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to resolve the problem. Please use a different browser to complete the module.

To print your Certificate of Completion at the end, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. Follow the instructions on that page to download and install the software.  You will also need Adobe Flash Player 10 or later.


This enduring material requires the participant to watch a recorded lecture online and answer 100% of the quiz questions related to the content correctly.  The participant will then be directed to an evaluation and can log in to receive credit.

Estimated Time to Complete

Allow 60 minutes to watch the video and complete the quiz and evaluation.


Additional resources for each module are available throughout the module and also on Swedish's Opioid Prescribing Legislation web page.

Important Dates

Release Date: July 1, 2011
Review Date: January 9, 2014
End Date: December 31, 2016

Contact Information

Swedish CME: 206-386-2755 or

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Registration Fees

Swedish Medical Staff, Employee or Residents

No charge

Providence Everett (Until 12/31/14 only)

No charge



Allied Health Professional


Medical Student, Resident or Fellow




Course Materials

Handout: Methadone: Key Facts for Prescribing

Click below to view the video.  At the end of the video, you will receive instructions on how to claim CME credit.

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