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Pain and the Reward Pathway: Preclinical Studies on the Impact of Pain on Opioid-Seeking Behavior

Enduring Material
December 11, 2017
VALID THROUGH: December 14, 2020

Pain and the Reward Pathway: Preclinical Studies on the Impact of Pain on Opioid-Seeking Behavior

Session Description:
Previously offered as a session during AAPM’s Annual Meeting in March 2017, this highly-rated session returns as a live webinar! This program will highlight the functional relationship between pain, opioid receptor dysregulation, and motivated and affective behavior, providing new insights into the critical neurochemical and neuroanatomical mechanisms that underlie pain-induced changes in opioid reward and comorbid affective disorders. It also will discuss novel opioid-based therapeutic strategies for the treatment of pain.

Learning Objectives:
1.) Review whether the presence of pain affects the subjective effects of prescription opioids.
2.) Review whether persistent pain may lead to opioid use and misuse and if this depends on a prior history of opioid intake.

Continuing Education:
The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) provides a live webinar titled “Pain and the Reward Pathway: Preclinical Studies on the Impact of Pain on Opioid-Seeking Behavior” and offers continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Successful completion requires that participants register for the webinar, attend and participate, and complete an online evaluation. Participants receive their CME certificates after they submit their evaluations online.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:
The American Academy of Pain Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The material presented in this activity represents the opinion of the authors/faculty and not necessarily the view of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Instructions for Course Participants: 
- This activity will consist of a didactic presentation accompanied by PowerPoint slides, followed by a question-and-answer session.
- You are required to view the entire presentation prior to claiming CME.
- An evaluation must be completed prior to receipt of your certificate.
- After completing the activity evaluation, a statement of credit will be generated and printed on your own at your convenience.
- For additional assistance, please contact the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 8735 W. Higgins Road, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60631, 847-375-4731.
- If you need further assistance with software requirements please contact

Internet CME Policy: 
In regard to its CME programming and initiatives, The American Academy of Pain Medicine is committed to protecting the privacy of its members and customers. AAPM maintains its website as an information resource and service for physicians and other health care professionals. AAPM will ensure that all personal and credit card information (when applicable) is kept confidential when participating in any Internet CME activity and that personal information will not be shared with any person/entity outside of AAPM. AAPM will ask for only that information necessary to provide the service(s) requested. 

Faculty/Planner Disclosures & Policy:
It is the policy of AAPM to plan and implement educational activities in accordance with ACCME’s Essential Areas and Elements to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. All program faculty and planners are required to disclose all financial relationships they may have or have had within the last 12 months with commercial interests whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation. Any real or apparent conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to the presentation. All confirmed faculty disclosure information will be made available to participants prior to the activity. Faculty will also be expected to disclose this information to the audience both verbally and in print (slide presentation) at the beginning of each presentation. Faculty members are also required to inform program participants if any unlabeled uses of products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be discussed.

Disclosure information appears below.

Course Faculty and Planners:
Catherine Cahill, PhD
University of California - Irvine
Irvine, CA
No Relevant Financial Relationships

Larry C. Driver, MD
University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor, 
Professor, Department of Pain Medicine, 
Professor, Section of Integrated Ethics, 
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 
No relevant financial relationships 

Jose Moron-Concepcion, PhD
Washington University
St Louis, MO
No Relevant Financial Relationships

Tuan Trang, PhD
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
No Relevant Financial Relationships

Jennifer Westlund, MSW
Director of Education, American Academy of Pain Medicine
Planner/AAPM Staff
No relevant financial relationships

Disclosure Disclaimer:

Please note the disclosure information stated above were relevant financial relationships based upon the 12-month reporting period prior to the live education activity date of November 27, 2017.

Expert Educational Design:
This education initiative was planned and facilitated by leaders from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). AAPM is the leading medical association representing physicians committed to advancing the emerging science and practice of pain medicine. This comprehensive pain medicine curriculum is designed to improve access to quality, evidenced- based multidisciplinary pain care across the healthcare continuum.