As part of the TN Together plan, the Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education has developed competencies for Tennessee's medical education institutions related to pain management.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam created the Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education in January 2018 as part of his comprehensive TN Together initiative to address the opioid crisis in Tennessee. The commission is charged with developing competencies for Tennessee’s medical educational institutions to address proper treatment for pain, safe and effective prescribing practices, and proper diagnoses and treatment for individuals abusing or misusing controlled substances. Read the press release here, and find the full report here.
In July 2018, the Commission released a report outlining competencies for current and future curricula so that future prescribers receive instruction and training regarding. The report covered competencies for:
- Effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, including alternatives to opioids to manage pain;
- The potential risks and effects of using opioids to treat pain, including physical dependency and addiction, and effective discontinuation of opioids;
- Proper identification of and treatment for patients demonstrating misuse or abuse of opioids;
- Utilization of the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database.