TMA Takes Leading Role in Fight Against Opioid Abuse Epidemic with Prescriber Training

November 2, 2016

The Tennessee Medical Association has provided training on proper prescribing of controlled substances to more than 5,000 Tennessee prescribers since 2012, one of the many ways the association is working to combat the state’s opioid abuse epidemic.

TMA has worked with other stakeholders in past years to create rules requiring pain management education for prescribers, see opioid prescribing guidelines issued and strengthen laws regulating pain clinics and pain management services.

In 2016 to date, TMA has trained 781 healthcare providers through online and live sessions with its proprietary, accredited Continuing Medical Education course, “Prescribing Practices in Tennessee: What Happened and Where We Are Headed.”  In 2014 and 2015, TMA delivered live and online courses to 2,684 providers.

The course was updated in April to include a review of new definitions, laws and other regulatory changes affecting chronic pain management, and new statistics on Tennessee’s prescription drug abuse problem. It is designed to help prescribers adhere to prescribing guidelines to keep patients safe and avoid contributing to the exploding prescription drug abuse epidemic.

During the program, participants learn about preventing neonatal abstinence syndrome, responsible management of pain clinics, the importance of educating patients on the pain medicine prescribed, and much more. It also includes an evidence-based examination of marijuana as medicine.

The course is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals who are licensed to prescribe controlled substances, and meets the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners’ requirement of 2 CME hours in prescribing.

TMA’s proper prescribing course is available online for individuals and is offered as a live course for larger medical groups, hospitals and other organizations.

Learn more about TMA’s prescription safety education at