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Opioid Education/CO*RE

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About CO*RE 

Collaborative for REMS Education

CO*RE's mission is to ensure that Immediate Release (IR) and Extended Release-Long Acting (ER/LA) opioids are prescribed, when indicated, in a manner that enhances patient well‐being and does not contribute to individual or public harm. 

Founded in 2010, CO*RE now includes nine member-led healthcare professional organizations. The CO*RE organizations collectively represent 750,000 clinicians who work in a wide range of clinical settings including primary care, hospitals, emergency departments, pain clinics, birthing units, and hospice and palliative care centers. CO*RE reaches a variety of healthcare professionals, including medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, physician assistants, pain specialists, and nurse practitioners.



American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA)
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP)
Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA)
Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF)


American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)


Primary care providers, pain management, addiction and palliative care specialists, and clinicians representing all arenas of the health care system struggle to successfully manage their patients' pain. For many patients, IR and ER-LA opioid medications constitute an effective and valuable element in the pain management plan. However, opioid prescription involves many complex issues of misuse, abuse, addiction, adverse effects, and fear of legal and regulatory action. In order to address risk and safety concerns, reduce serious adverse outcomes, and simultaneously ensure that pain patients maintain necessary access to opioids, the FDA has developed a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) that applies to all opioid medications.

The NPHF sponsors the live continuing education curriculum, which was developed by CO*RE, "Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits," at national, regional and state nurse practitioner conferences. We also have an online program available tuition-free listed below.  


Continuing Education Courses Live and Enduring


LIVE Activites:

Striking a Balance: Pain Management and Opioids- A case-based curriculum

Our case-based session delivers a real-world educational experience through a series of cases and supporting content mapped to segments of the FDA Blueprint. This allows faculty to teach the application of concepts, fostering an engaging approach to pain management education.

The course curriculum is fully compliant with the FDA’s September 2018 FDA Blueprint for Opioid Analgesic REMS Education and the 2022 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain. This session also meets many states’ requirements for controlled substances CE.

New York State Nurse Practitioner Association

February 3, 2024



NPACE- February Virtiual Confernce 

February 21, 2024



Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners

March 14, 2024



Wisconsin Nurses Association

April 20, 2024



Utah Nurse Practitioners Associations

April 27, 2024

Park City


NPACE -Clearwater Pharmacology Conference

May 14, 2023



National Nurse Practitioner Symposium -Keystone

July 17, 2024



NPACE-Boston Conference  August 26, 2024 Boston   MA

Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses

September 11, 2024

San Antonio


October 17, 2024
San Antonio 


Striking a Balance: Understanding Pain Management & Opioids -A case-based curriculum | Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (



The outstanding Faculty Members for the NPHF CORE Program include:

Wendy Wright Headshot 2020.jpg Wendy L. Wright, MS, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

Wendy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2019 from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She is a 1992 graduate of the Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Simmons College in Boston and completed a family nurse practitioner post-master’s program in 1995. She is an adult and family nurse practitioner and the owner of two nurse practitioner-owned and -operated clinics within New Hampshire named Wright & Associates Family Healthcare. Her family practices have won numerous awards, including Top Providers in New Hampshire 2018, Top 20 Fastest Growing Family Business, and Top 20 Women-Owned Business in New Hampshire. In addition, she is the Owner of Partners in Healthcare Education, a medical education company. She is the Past President of NPACE and the Senior lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and was chosen by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as the 1999 recipient of the New Hampshire State Excellence Award. In addition, she received the 2009 New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner of the Year and the 2014 Top 5 Women in New Hampshire Business Award. In 2005, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; in October 2014, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; and in March 2017, a Fellow into the National Academies of Practice.

She is the founder of the New Hampshire Chamber of Entrepreneurial Nurse Practitioners, an organization designed to assist nurse practitioners with independent practice issues. In addition to full-time clinical practice, she presents nationally to different audiences and has been a speaker at over 1,000 conferences in 47 states. She is the nurse practitioner representative to the State of New Hampshire Immunization Advisory Board. She has been a medical media spokesperson for numerous companies and has appeared on radio, television, and in print magazines. Wendy is frequently consulted by malpractice attorneys around the area of clinical practice and has worked on more than 100 malpractice cases involving nurses and nurse practitioners.

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Theresa is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years’ experience at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, California. She received her graduate degree from University of California, San Francisco.

Her current clinical practice within the Division of Pain Medicine, focuses primarily on evaluation and treatment of individuals suffering from acute and chronic pain conditions in both the acute care and outpatient settings.

Theresa is a nationally recognized clinician, speaker, author and thought leader in the field of pain management, and she has been recognized by the Point of Care Network as one of America’s top Nurse Practitioners in Pain Management in 2019, 2021 & 2022.


Additional Free 1 hour CE 

Online Continuing Education Course with Our Partners at IPMA 

Optimizing Patient Care through Telehealth- Pain Management & Opioids: Balancing Risks & Benefits

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This one-hour course augments the CO*RE REMS education by providing strategies for successful pain management visits with your patients via telehealth.  Clinicians may have had little to no training on the communication and clinical skills needed for telehealth patient encounters.  Most have never learned how to “see” a patient on video during medical training. Our goal for this education is to help increase the effectiveness of your pain management telehealth visits and keep your patients engaged.  

Click this link to access the 4 videos modules and earn 1 CME/CE Credit:  Telehealth Module - CORE-REMS


These CO*RE educational activities have been supported by an independent educational grant from the ER/LA Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies.  Please see for a listing of the member companies.  This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the ER/LA Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the US Food & Drug Administration.



Contact Jennifer Koenig, MA, CCMEP at with questions.