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Methadone for Pain Management: The Clinician's Role in Reducing the Risk for Overdose

Date:Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Len Paulozzi , MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist
Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

David Tauben, MD
Clinical Associate Professor University of Washington
Medical Director UW Center for Pain Relief
Director of Medical Student Education in Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesia & Pain Medicine
Department of Medicine


CDC estimates that methadone was involved in 5,000 overdose deaths in the United States in 2009. Nonetheless, many methadone prescriptions are being written for conditions for which it might not be appropriate, and methadone is a preferred drug on many formularies. Prescribing methadone for chronic pain safely requires familiarity with its unique pharmacology and dosing recommendations. Join us for this COCA call where subject matter experts will review the epidemiology of methadone overdoses in the United States and discuss guidelines for appropriate opioid prescribing.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Discuss the role of methadone in fatal drug overdoses in the United States.
  • Compare and contrast methadone prescribing to other opioid analgesics
  • State circumstances under which use of methadone might be appropriate

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Live webcast and audio conference call on 8/01/12: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 8/02/12
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call Information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.