This course is about the relationship between government policies that affect the medical availablility of opioid analgesics and patients who experience moderate to severe pain.  It is critically important for health care professionals and government drug regulators, as well as advocates involved in the area of palliative care and pain relief, to understand the government policies that control opioid analgesics and how they can impact medication availability and patient access to opioid analgesics.

The course is aimed at health care professionals, government administrators, drug regulatory personnel, national health policy advisors, and health policy scholars.

The course has 7 lessons, each with required readings.  The content presented in each lesson builds on the content from previous lessons.  Content presented in later lessons is presented in such a way that presumes the user has been introduced to concepts from earlier lessons and readings.  Therefore, lessons must be completed in order.  Uninterrupted connectivity to the Internet is paramount for the submission of quizzes.  Lessons are available for download in PDF format to enable the user to read them off-line.

This is a self-paced course that can be taken at the convenience of the learner.  The course should take between 10 and 12 hours to complete.  After reading the lesson, the user will be directed to the corresponding quiz.  The quizzes are drawn from the material in the lesson and from the required readings.  Upon completion, the user will 'submit' each quiz, which will then notify us of the user's score.