Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

SCOPE of Pain can be used to count toward the DEA licensure 8-hour training requirement as noted in their 3/27/2023 communication as it aligns with SAMHSA's content recommendations required by the 2022 Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act.

DEA Questions Answered (PDF)

Core curriculum

Podcast series

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This online activity is meant to be taken sequentially, see the steps below.

  1. Register
  2. Podcast series
    After registering you can then listen online or download the podcast series: Safer/Competent Opioid Prescribing Education. The eight podcast episodes should be listened to sequentially, and together will take approximately 3 hours.
  3. Post-assessment survey and evaluation
    Once you've listened to all six episodes, you can take the post-test. You will be able to receive your continuing education certificate by earning score of 70% or better on the post-test, and completing the online evaluation.
  4. Follow-up online survey
    There will also be an online follow-up survey distributed two months after completion of the program in order to further measure participants' changes in knowledge and behavior.

What is this podcast series about?

SCOPE of Pain is a series of continuing medical education/continuing nursing education activities designed to help you safely and effectively manage patients with acute and/or chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid analgesics. Through the case of Michelle Jones, a 36-year-old who has a displaced right femoral neck fracture due to a motor vehicle crash, you'll learn how to:

  1. Optimize safety when prescribing opioids for acute pain
  2. Determine when opioid analgesics are indicated for chronic pain
  3. Assess pain and prescription opioid misuse risk
  4. Educate patients about opioid risks and realistic benefits
  5. Monitor patients on opioid therapy for benefits and harms
  6. Assess and manage worrisome opioid-taking behaviors
  7. Safely taper long-term opioid therapy
  8. Identify and manage patients with an opioid use disorder

Who is this for?

Physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and allied health professionals whose practices manage acute and chronic pain.


This activity was planned in collaboration with the Federation of State Medical Boards.

Disclosure of support

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see 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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Date of original release: 10/1/2023
Date of most recent review: 10/1/2023
Date of expiration: 9/30/2024

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