Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam created the Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education in January 2018 as part of his comprehensive TN Together initiative to address the opioid crisis in Tennessee. The commission is charged with developing competencies for Tennessee’s medical educational institutions to address proper treatment for pain, safe and effective prescribing practices, and proper diagnoses and treatment for individuals abusing or misusing controlled substances. 

Read the full press release from Governor Haslam on the creation of the Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education 
(A full list of members on the Commission is in the press release)

In July 2018, the Commission released a report outlining competencies for current and future curricula so that future prescribers receive instruction and training regarding. The report covered competencies for:

  • Effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, including alternatives to opioids to manage pain;
  • The potential risks and effects of using opioids to treat pain, including physical dependency and addiction, and effective discontinuation of opioids;
    Proper identification of and treatment for patients demonstrating misuse or abuse of opioids; and
  • Utilization of the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database.

Read the full report here | Press release on the report

Adopting Institutions
Austin Peay State University
Baptist College of Health Sciences
Belmont University
Bethel University
Carson-Newman University
Christian Brothers University
East Tennessee State University
King University
Lincoln Memorial University
Lipscomb University
Meharry Medical College
Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
Milligan College
South College
Southern Adventist University
Tennessee State University
Trevecca Nazarene University
Union University
University of Memphis
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

Supporting Organizations
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHAT)
State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company (SVMIC)
Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP)
Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services (TAADAS)
Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TANA)
Tennessee Board of Dentistry
Tennessee Hospital Association (THA)
Tennessee Men's Health Network (TMHN)
Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association (TNPA)
Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA)
Tennessee Pain Society (TPS)
Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA)
Tennessee Primary Care Association (TPCA)
Tennessee Society of Anesthesiologists (TSA)
Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA)