Responding to the Opioid Crisis: Free Training Opportunities for Providers

Monday, September 17, 2018

In response to the opioid crisis, the Duke Physician Assistant Program has created free, online modules that meet the North Carolina Controlled Substance CME requirement for physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who prescribe controlled substances.

To access the modules, follow the below links:

For Duke clinicians and students:

  • Safe Opioid Prescribing (00118466)
  • Recognizing & Treating Opioid Misuse & Abuse (00118486)
  • Opioids & Pain Management (00118485)

For non-Duke affiliated clinicians:

Additionally, clinicians who take an online course on providing suboxone/buprenorphine therapy in their practices can qualify for reimbursement. The DATA 2000-Qualifying Buprenorphine Training, administered through an online CME provider with a curriculum developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, takes approximately eight hours to complete and can be taken in segments.

Upon completion, clinicians will receive a DATA 2000 waiver, which will allow them to provide the evidence-based and highly effective suboxone/buprenorphine therapy in their practice for patients affected by the opioid epidemic. Access the training:

The free modules and training reimbursement are made available through a grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration to the Duke University School of Medicine.

For more information about the training and therapy, contact Lynn Bowlby, M.D., associate professor of medicine, at For more information about registering and the reimbursement process, contact Laresia Farrington at