PMP Series | Managing Chronic Pain on Methadone

Cara Zimmerman MD is the Medical Director of Primary Care Based Substance Use Disorder Treatment at a large community health center in Rhode Island. She practices both addiction medicine and internal medicine and treats many complex chronic pain patients. This discussion hopes to provide the audience a framework on when to consider starting, continuing, or tapering someone’s prescribed opioids for their chronic pain. There will be a special focus on patients with a history of opioid use disorder or those who have “tried everything” for their pain.

Learning Objectives:

    • Learn about a comprehensive pain management approach and non-opioid measures for chronic pain management
    • Gain comfort in an individual risk-benefit approach when it comes to a patient’s chronic opioid prescription
    • Understand which patients to consider for an opioid taper and how to do so slowly and safely

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.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will be awarded a certificate of participation with a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Contact Hours
1 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals.
1 Category I contact hours for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hours for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
1 contact hours CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


  • Cara Zimmerman
    Cara Zimmerman
    MD, MBA

    Cara Zimmerman, MD, MBA, is the Medical Director of Primary Care Based Substance Use Disorder Treatment (MAT) for a federal qualified community health center in Rhode Island. She completed her Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine training at Brown University and consults as part of the Opioid Response Network to teach colleagues about substance use disorder.


May 14 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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