Opioid Prescriber Training Program Update Part 2

This program has been updated into one comprehensive program in 2023.

NYS Mandated Training Program

Enduring online program

2 contact hours

Target Audience

Prescribers with a DEA number and medical residents prescribing under a facility DEA number.

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Program Overview

The purpose of New York State (NYS) Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) Prevention Program is to advance and evaluate comprehensive state-level interventions for preventing prescription drug overuse, misuse, abuse, and overdose. Effective July 22, 2016, Public Health Law Article 33 §3309-a was updated to require prescribers with a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number and medical residents prescribing under a facility DEA number to complete a minimum of a 3-hours of course work or training in pain management, palliative care and addiction. Included in the PDO Prevention Program objectives, is an educational component for provider. The education outreach program will focus on updating providers on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain- United States, 2016 and the topics included in the educational mandate. You must complete both part I and part II of the Opioid Prescriber Training Program located on the right bar under home study programs, in order to meet the mandated legislation.  Part I and part II of the program will provide 2.0 hours of CME (each) at no cost to the provider.


· Describe the appropriate considerations in managing a patient’s pain to prevent development of addiction

· Identify and evaluate risk factors for development of Substance Use Disorder

· Describe screening tools and processes that may be used to identify signs of addiction

· Evaluate patients seeking pain medication and discuss appropriate treatment approaches based on whether the patient can be identified as in chronic pain, addiction, both, or neither 

Opioid Prescriber Training Part II covers four of the mandated topic areas:

  • Prevention, screening and signs of addiction
  • Response to abuse and addiction
  • Palliative medicine
  • End-of-life care    

Program Components

This program contains a pre-test, video presentation, educational handout material, post-test, and a program evaluation. Credit will be awarded upon successful completion of this activity with a post-test score of 70% or better.  

Please be sure to attest once you have completed the course at



Richard D. Blondell, MD
University at Buffalo
Department of Family Medicine
Professor and Vice Chair for Addiction Medicine



Robert G. Wahler Jr., PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice
UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Clinical Pharmacy Services, Niagara Hospice, Inc


There is no fee associated with this program for prescribers.

Pharmacists are welcome to participate in this program for a nominal fee of $20.00 and ACPE accreditation has been awarded for this activity.

Program Support

The program is supported by the Cooperative Agreement 1 NU17CE002742-01, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by the New York State Department of Health. The contents are solely the responsibility of the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Accreditation Information

Prescribers and Dentists will receive via email your ACCME or DDS certification of attendance and letter of completion within 48 hours.

(Please check your spam/junk email folder if you do not see it in your inbox.)

Accreditation Types: ACCME, ADA/CERP

Certification for Physicians:

The University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University at Buffalo School Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences designates this Enduring Material activity, Course Code 9060B for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Certification for Dentists:

UB Continuing Dental Education is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.  ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying qualified providers of continuing dental accreditation.  ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, not does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.  UB Continuing Dental Education designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.