Webinar Will Cover Best Practices for Tapering Opioids

Five panelists will present a number of patient case scenarios and discuss pain management challenges from patient and caregiver perspectives to inform current guidance on opioid tapering, how it is applied in practice and the strength of the evidence behind it.

Family physician Robert “Chuck” Rich, M.D., of Bladenboro, N.C., helped develop topics for the webinar. He told AAFP News he also heads a work group that’s writing a discussion paper on tapering opioids that NAM plans to publish by early 2020.

The forthcoming paper, Rich said, will incorporate what’s covered during the webinar and go beyond that to offer a survey of the topic, looking primarily at patients who have been on long-term opioids for the management of chronic pain, often in conjunction with other medications such as benzodiazepines and hypnotics.

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