SMi Source Lesson Opioids: Pain Management

  • SMi Source lesson Opioids: Pain Management has the following microlearning topics

  • 1. Introduction: Opioids and Pain Management

    2. Learning Objectives

    3. Types of Pain

    4. Nociceptive versus Neuropathic Pain

    5. Neuropathic Pain

    6. Acute versus Chronic Pain and Pain Pathways

    7. Knowledge Check: First Pain

    8. Knowledge Check: Pain Type Definitions

    9. Knowledge Check: Primary Pain Control Pathways

    10. Opioids and Opioid Receptors: Opioid Peptides

    11. Opioids and Opioid Receptors: G-Protein Coupled Receptors

    12. Opioids and Opioid Receptors Classes and Subtypes

    13. Opioids and Opioid Receptors

    14. Mechanism of Action

    15. Effects of Opioids

    16. Knowledge Check: Analgesic Effects of Opioids

    17. Knowledge Check: Agonist and Antagonist

    18. Knowledge Check: Adverse Events of Opioids

    19. Clinical Use of Opioids and Pain Classification and Current Guidelines

    20. Clinical Use of Opioids

    21. Naturally Occurring Opioids

    22. Specific Compounds: Heroin

    23. Semisynthetic Specific Compounds

    24. Specific Synthetic Compounds

    25. Knowledge Check: Opioid Medications for Opioid Dependence

    26. Knowledge Check: Non-opioid Medications

    27. Knowledge Check: Opioid Classification

    28. Summary: Opioids and Pain Management

    29. Knowledge Check: Sensitization

    30. Knowledge Check: Naloxone

    31. Knowledge Check: Nociceptors

    32. Knowledge Check: Opioid, Opium, Opiate

    33. Knowledge Check: Opioid Formulation Boxed Warning

    34. Knowledge Check: Pain Impulses at Peripheral Nociceptors

    35. Knowledge Check: WHO Pain Ladder

    36. Knowledge Check: Thebaine

    37. Knowledge Check: Inhibitor of Serotonin and Norepinephrine

    38. Knowledge Check: Partial Agonists

  • Lesson Opioids: Pain Management teaches these concepts

  • Introduction: Opioids and Pain Management

  • Lesson Opioids: Pain Management addresses these key points

  • Introduction


    • Naturally occurring substance derived from Papaver somniferum (opium poppy)
    • Contains > 20 alkaloid compounds

    Friedrich Sertürner

    • Isolated morphine from opium

    Opioids and Pain Management

    Types of Pain

    • Nociceptive vs. neuropathic
    • Acute vs. chronic
    • Neural pain control pathways

    Opioids and Opioid Receptors

    • Major classes of opioids and opioid receptors 
    • Mechanism of action
    • Effects
      • Major central nervous system effects
      • Peripheral effects

    Clinical Use of Opioids

    • Pain classification and current guidelines
    • Specific agents: formulation, indication, and use
      • Naturally occurring 
      • Semisynthetic 
      • Synthetic
  • Lesson Opioids: Pain Management is built from these main references. Log into SMi Source for a complete list and details.

  • Brownstein MJ. A brief history of opiates, opioid peptides, and opioid receptors. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 1993; 90:5391-5393.

    Drug Enforcement Administration Museum. Cannabis, Coca, and Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Plants. Accessed Feb 2014.

    Yip L et al. Ch 33 Opioids. Shannon: Hadad and Winchester’s Clinical Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose, 4th Ed. 2007. Saunders, an Imprint of Elsevier.