Buprenorphine and Pain

This session will review the interface and nuances of the use of buprenorphine in a person with pain. We will review multiple angles, including both the treatment of acute and chronic pain in a person receiving buprenorphine for OUD and the use of buprenorphine to treat pain (with or without OUD).

Learning objectives: 

  1. Compare and contrast the various formulations of buprenorphine including consideration of FDA indication, route of administration, and dose
  2. Identify the clinical result of using buprenorphine in a person who is opioid naive and in a person who is currently using other medical or nonmedical opioids
  3. Describe the efficacy and clinical pearls associated with the use of buprenorphine patch and transmucosal forms for analgesia in a person with and without OUD
  4. Identify emerging and best practices regarding treatment of acute and chronic pain in a person receiving buprenorphine for OUD


Prescribing clinicians and their teams

Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Contact Hours

1 contact hour for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
1 Category I contact hour for psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hour CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
1 contact hour pending for alcohol and drug counselors from the board of alcohol and drug counselors


  • Stephanie Nichols
    Stephanie Nichols
    PharmD, BCPP, MPH

    Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP is an Associate Professor in the University of New England College of Pharmacy, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Tufts University School of Medicine, and a Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Pharmacist at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed an Inpatient Pharmacy Practice Residency at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Nichols is dual board certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and a Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP).


Aug 09 2022


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine


Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine