A new education campaign developed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Medical School and other partners aims to change the narrative around prescription opioid therapy, pain management and prescription opioid misuse in Minnesota.

The goal is to support Minnesota prescribers who may feel overwhelmed trying to manage their patients’ pain while making sure they stay safe.

As part of this effort, the UMN Medical School’s Office of Continuing Professional Development created an online learning activity about the Minnesota Opioid Prescribing Guidelines. Although available to all audiences, it offers physicians, pharmacists, and nurses an opportunity to earn continuing education credits for learning more about the guidelines on safe opioid prescribing behavior.

“Our objective was to develop an online activity where providers could learn the state of Minnesota’s opioid prescribing guidelines in a convenient manner,” said Mark Rosenberg, MD, Vice Dean of Education and Academic Affairs for the University of Minnesota Medical School. “In addition to the flexible format, the learning activity includes case-based questions about opioid prescribing and pain management to assess the providers’ understanding of the prescribing guidelines.

In addition to the online learning activity, the Flip the Script campaign includes a variety of other resources for healthcare professionals.

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