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The Pharmacology of Pain Relievers: Revisiting the Basics

Learn evidence-based best practices for administering analgesics and educating patients on their proper use to prevent misuse and ensure effective pain management.

Patricia Dunn
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About this course

Millions of Americans rely on over-the-counter and prescription medications to manage their chronic pain and improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, at least two million Americans misuse the painkillers prescribed by their doctor for various medical conditions in 2020 alone. As a health care professional, you have to adhere to evidence-based best practices when administering analgesics and educate patients on the proper use of analgesics to prevent them from developing dangerous side effects while making the most out of their treatment regimen.

CE Broker ID20-907897
AGD Number386503
Category:Pharmacology, Pain Management
Activity Type:Knowledge-based
Target Audience:Dental Therapist, Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers, Advanced Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Registered Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurse, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dentist, Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Licensed Nursing Assistant, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Dental Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, Denturist, Registered Dental Assistant, General Dentist, Dental Assistant
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Course Accreditation

This course is approved for the following professions. You can get more details on each profession by clicking on it.

AchieveCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

  • Michigan Board of Pharmacy

  • Florida Board of Pharmacy



Patricia Dunn DNP, APRN, FNP-BC is a Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience as an Advanced Practice Nurse and 20 years as a Registered Nurse. She has served as an APRN for Florida Pain Institute, Heart Rhythm Associates of Brevard, House Calls of Central Florida. She earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Walden University, Minneapolis.

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Dawn O.Nutritionist
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I am always interested in continuing education in the areas of health, wellness, nutrition and mental health. Your course was well written, well organized and helpful in meeting state licensure requirements.

Priya M.Occupational Therapist
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Very well written, easy to digest, time efficient, and straight to the point. Thank you!

Cristina GRegistered Nurse
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I appreciate the convenience of the course being online and accessible through my phone and that it directly reports to CEBroker to support mandated education requirements.

Allison B.Nurse Practitioner
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I really loved this information. I was hospitalized last year for almost a month and I noticed multiple medical errors (not being hooked up to my IV multiple times, given wrong medication which caused my sodium to be very low, etc.) which lengthened my stay. I can now define those exact errors and better understand what happened to me. I hate that these medical errors are so common and I appreciate how well laid out your breakdown and categorization of them was.

Ronald H.Dentist
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I am always looking for concise ,thorough, and up to date continuing education, and this course provided exactly what I was looking for. Thank you

Meghan L.Physician
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Enjoyed this course! It squarely met my license renewal requirement as a physician. It was well-written, and an altogether enjoyable read.


Passing Grade

Participants must score a passing grade of 70% or higher on the activity post-test and complete an activity evaluation. There are no time limits and unlimited test-taking attempts. Credits will be reported automatically to CE Broker if your license information is entered properly in your profile.

Hardware Requirements
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Mac OS X 10.1+
  • iOS 10+
  • Android 4.3+
Software Requirements
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Network Requirements
  • Broadband Internet Connection: T1
  • Hi-speed DSL or Cable4G cellular connection
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