Part 2: The Role of Chronic Pain


More than 100 million Americans live with chronic pain—debilitating, enduring pain that increases their risk for a variety of adverse health outcomes, including opioid abuse, overdose, and suicide. This webinar will explore common characteristics among people with chronic pain, challenges they often face, and factors that may place them at increased risk for adverse outcomes. Expert presenters will also discuss strategies, including non-pharmacological approaches, for reducing the risk of opioid overdose and suicide in this population, and explore barriers to receiving care.


This webinar is for grantees, providers, and other practitioners working with states, communities, tribes, and jurisdictions to help prevent suicide, and mental and substance use disorders.


Paul Arnstein, RN, PhD

For more than 30 years, Dr. Arnstein has helped thousands of patients in pain. As director of MGH Cares About Pain Relief at Massachusetts General Hospital, he works with professionals and policymakers to ensure that no patient lives or dies with needless pain due to unrealistic fears and mistaken beliefs. He is also involved in a number of research projects to support this effort, including leading the development of a Center of Excellence in Pain Education and teaching coping skills to chronic pain patients who are tapering off opioid therapy.

Lisham Ashrafioun, PhD

Dr. Ashrafioun is senior instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, and a researcher at the Veterans Administration Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. His research interests and experience span the distinct and overlapping areas of chronic pain, suicide, and substance misuse, particularly opioid abuse. His current work focuses on developing, enhancing, and increasing the uptake of nonpharmacological approaches to pain management to improve overall functioning and mitigate suicide risk and other adverse outcomes.

Certificates of Participation

Registered participants who attend events will be able to access a certificate of participation in PDF format for the duration of each event (click the "print certificate" link in your archived events listing once the event has concluded). We invite participants to submit these certificates to the substance abuse prevention credentialing board in their state, tribe, or jurisdiction. Please note that it is up to the individual credentialing board to determine if these hours are acceptable for professional credentialing or re-certification.

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Event Dates

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018
    3:00pm to 4:30pm AST
    3:00pm to 4:30pm EDT
    2:00pm to 3:30pm CDT
    1:00pm to 2:30pm MDT
    12:00pm to 1:30pm PDT
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