TMA Opioid Resource Center

The medical community, and more specifically TMA, has been working for several years to turn back the dial on what physicians initially thought were safe drugs, so we can curb the initial supply and help prevent misuse and abuse. Explore these resources and help fight Tennessee’s opioid epidemic.

NEW Tennessee Opioid Prescribing Law

The Tennessee General Assembly passed some of the most comprehensive and restrictive laws in the U.S. (PC 1039 and PC 901) regulating initial opioid supply. Effective July 1, 2018, doctors and other healthcare providers must adhere to new limits and specific requirements for opioid prescribing. TMA has developed these resources to educate doctors on the new law and help members stay in compliance. 



Calculating Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) is required under the new law. 

Education & Training

Prescribing Practices in Tennessee: What happened and where are we headed?  
This program is for physicians and other healthcare professionals who are licensed to prescribe drugs. Participants will engage in a comprehensive review of Tennessee’s efforts to combat prescription drug over-use and will gain an understanding of how to prevent prescription drug abuse among women and protect babies from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome as well as and outline as evidence based approach to: “Marijuana as Medicine”.



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Proper Prescribing Education Bundle
These videos cover TN Pain Laws, Pain Physical Exam, Pain Psychology, Pain Assessment, Multi-modal Medication Treatment Options, Addiction Management, Treating the Addicted Patient with Pain, Medical Decision Making, Weaning Pearls, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and a discussion on Legalization of Medical Cannabis. Completion of this entire series will meet the TN licensure renewal requirement for prescribing. Prescribers will receive a 10% discount for purchasing all courses in this series as a bundle.



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TriMED Healthcare Education Summit 
Sept. 14-15, 2018 in Nashville

The second annual TriMED conference will focus on the opioid epidemic, Tennessee’s number one public health crisis, including an on-site drug takeback program coordinated by Count It! Lock It! Drop It!. Additional program highlights include a two-hour proper prescribing course, pain management sessions, an opioid panel featuring multiple specialties, and more. 

What is TMA Doing?

TMA was the catalyst to changing the prescribing educational requirements for Tennessee physicians and has led the way on important public policies and other initiatives.

  • Our members served on the physician committee to develop new opioid prescribing guidelines approved by state licensing boards.
    TMA members have delivered live and online prescription safety education courses to more than 5,000 of their peers across the state since 2012.

  • Physicians have been instrumental in the state’s developing, implementing and improving the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database, which has shown real results.

    • TMA along with the TN Pharmacists Association helped pass the original law implementing the CSMD and was the first state medical society in the U.S. to support mandated controlled substance database lookups by prescribers.

  • We are particularly concerned about Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, lobbying for passage of the Safe Harbor Act in 2013, and important changes to related legislation that passed in 2014.

  • TMA helped pass the original state law requiring pain clinic registration, supported the Addison Sharp Act requiring pain clinic guidelines and mandatory CME by prescribers of opioids, worked to pass legislation to required specialty training for pain clinic medical directors, and supported legislation to eliminate dispensing in pain clinics.

  • We have been proactive, vocal contributors to state programs even when we are not invited to participate, including the “Prescription for Success” plan in 2014 and, more recently, Governor Haslam's TN Together Initiative. 

We need active input and support from all stakeholders to turn the tide on this epidemic.

  • Data shows most addicted patients actually get drugs from a friend or relative, but we still need to control the supply by changing our prescribing patters and approach to pain management.

  • We need to continue educating healthcare providers on diagnosis-based screening and treatment protocols.

  • We need to continue educating patients about the dangers of opioids including safe storage and proper disposal.

  • We need more funding for and better access to comprehensive treatment programs for addicted patients, eliminate the stigma associated with addiction and treat it as a chronic disease.

*The Tennessee Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Tennessee Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (Enduring).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.