Nonopioid strategies for managing chronic pain

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Pain unequivocally affects a large portion of the United States (U.S.) population. While numerous epidemiologic studies have attempted to capture an accurate prevalence of persistent pain, many of these reports have limitations in their generalizability.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the pharmacist will be able to:

  1. Estimate the prevalence of chronic noncancer pain in the population of the United States.
  2. Identify at least three medication classes used as adjuvant analgesics in chronic pain management.
  3. Recall mechanisms of action of nonopioid medications used in chronic pain management.
  4. List four nonpharmacologic options for chronic pain management.
  5. Describe interventional pain management treatment options available as part of a multimodal treatment regimen.
  6. Recognize adverse events related to nonopioid analgesic medications.
  7. Recommend nonopioid pharmacotherapy options to treat pain given a real or simulated patient.

Activity type: Knowledge-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists 

Learning level: 1

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.20 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-18-269-H04-P.

To obtain credit for Nonopioid Strategies for Managing Chronic Pain complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation, and then claim credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA's continuing pharmacy education policy allows two opportunities to successfully complete the continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that the questions may not appear in the same order as printed and only two attempts to pass the assessment will be granted.  The current policy of the APhA Education Department is to not release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: December 1, 2018
Expiration date: December 1, 2021 - NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE


Nonopioid Strategies for Managing Chronic Pain is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.

Advisory Board

Christopher M. Herndon, PharmD, BCACP

Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

200 University Park Dr., Edwardsville, IL 62026;

Amanda M. Daniels, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain and Palliative Care, Department of Pharmacy, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL


Christopher M. Herndon, PharmD, BCACP, and Amanda M. Daniels, PharmD, BCPS declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For complete staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at


There is no fee associated with this activity for members of the American Pharmacists Association. There is a $25 fee for nonmembers.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website and view the Technology System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.