Pharmacologic Management of Pain: Expanding the Options, Improving Outcomes (001) Featured

8:00 AM–5:00 PM Wednesday, February 26

A recording of this preconference course is now available in the AAPM Education Center


The pharmacologic management of acute and chronic pain is an important aspect of most if not all clinicians’ daily practices. However, strategies aimed at optimizing the use of nonopioid analgesics while mitigating the potential risks associated with opioid use can be difficult to implement. This course will provide timely, useful, and practical information about the use of opioid and nonopioid analgesics to treat adults with acute and chronic pain. The growing and evolving controversy of the therapeutic application of cannabis and cannabis-related products is an additional question facing providers.

With pain management-leading faculty for numerous well-regarded institutions, this course will help the learner better integrate various medications from different pharmacologic classes in order to optimize a rational polypharmacy approach to managing chronic pain, including comorbid symptoms of depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances and implementing evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies supported by recent guidelines to optimize appropriate opioid analgesic use while applying a patient-centered approach to mitigate the risks of abuse, misuse, addiction, and diversion. Strategies to help improve opioid tapering and managing opioid use disorder will be explored.


W. Michael Hooten & Steven Stanos

Opioid Pharmacology

Jeffrey Gudin

Do the Right Thing? Navigating the 3 R’s: Recommendations, Rules, and Regulations to Manage Patients on Chronic Opioid Therapy

Halena Gazelka

Opioid Tapering and Case Presentation

Charles Argoff

Anticonvulsants for Neuropathic Pain

James Watson

Analgesic Antidepressants for Chronic Pain

Ajay Wasan

Pharmacologic Management of Pain-Related Sleep Disruption

Ajay Wasan

Topical Analgesics for Acute and Chronic Pain

Steven Stanos

Muscle Relaxers

Steven Stanos

Arachnoiditis and Aberrant Drug-Related Behavior: Management and Treatment Options

W. Michael Hooten & Steven Stanos

Rapid Fire Pharmacotherapy Review

NSAIDs for Chronic Pain

Zachary McCormick


Charles Argoff

Ketamine for Acute and Chronic Pain

W. Michael Hooten

Anticoagulant Management in Pain Medicine

Zachary McCormick

Pharmacologic Management of Migraine Headache

James Watson

Cannabinoids: From Bench to Bedside to Dispensary

Pharmacology of the Cannabinoids

Mark Wallace

Regulatory Environment of Medical Cannabis

David Edwards

Integration of Medical Cannabis into Your Clinical Practice

Grace Forde

Medical Cannabis: Dosing, Dispensaries, and Quality Control

Michelle Sexton

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply the recent epidemiological evidence related to prescription opioid abuse and misuse, prescription opioid and heroin overdose deaths, and the risks associated with concomitant benzodiazepine use.
  • Review opioid analgesic medications to better understand the potential benefits and short-comings of abuse deterrent formulations.
  • Assess and interpret aberrant drug-related behaviors and integrate risk assessment tools/strategies into clinical practice.

Commercial Support:

The AAPM 2020 preconference course Pharmacologic Management of Pain: Expanding the Options, Improving Outcomes is supported in part by an educational grant from the following commercial supporters as of February 7, 2020: Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc.