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PCSS has the resources and training you need
to meet the needs of your patients.

PCSS is a national training and clinical mentoring project developed in response to the opioid use disorder crisis. Made up of a coalition and led by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), PCSS’s education and training resources are developed for healthcare providers and professionals. The overarching goal of PCSS is to provide the most effective evidence-based clinical practices in the prevention of OUD through proper opioid prescribing practices, identifying patients with OUD, and the treatment of opioid use disorder.

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Designed to enhance providers knowledge and skills in evidence-based treatment practices. Most include CME/CE credit and all offered at no cost.


The PCSS Podcasts provides insight into challenges around opioid use disorders and pain management.


Videos address an array of topics including: stigma, engaging patients and treatment options.


Webinars address a wide range of topics related to clinical practices. Most include CME/CE credit and all are offered at no cost.


These resources for treating OUD and chronic pain were developed for health professionals, patients, family members and significant others of patients and the general community to learn more about the evidence-based treatment of opioid use disorders and the treatment of chronic pain.

Note: Inclusion on the list does not indicate PCSS, AAAP, or partner organizations endorse any of the resources listed and exclusion in no way implies other resources are not available or valuable.

Opioids are narcotic pain relievers that require a prescription from a healthcare professional. When taken as prescribed for short periods of time under the care of a medical professional, opioids can be a safe and effective pain management tool.
Oral health is an essential part of overall health. Healthcare professionals who provide care to patients with possible Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) or Substance Use Disorders (SUD) need to be aware of the special considerations this population may experience. Use this resource to learn how dental professionals can identify patients who may be at high-risk for OUD and SUD, while seeking care in the dental setting.
Roger Chou, MD, FACP
Credit Available:
CE Credit(s): Yes
Designations: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AAPA Category 1 CME, Social Work CE Credit, Nursing Contact Hours, Pharmacy CE Credit, Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Credit
Low back pain is a prevalent issue that presents challenges in its treatment. While opioids are often used to manage low back pain, evidence supporting their long-term effectiveness is limited, and they come with significant adverse effects. This instructional module aims to provide the entire healthcare team with a structured approach to integrating opioids into the management of low back pain. The instructors will stress the significance of incorporating opioid usage within a comprehensive pain management strategy that: 1. Takes into account psychosocial factors contributing to pain; 2. Recognizes that opioids are not the first-line treatment for low back pain and may not be suitable for all patients; 3. Utilizes non-opioid treatment options; 4. Consistently incorporates strategies to minimize risks and reassess patients periodically.
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