New Training Resource for Safe Opioid Use

JUNE 14, 2015
The US Department of Health and Human Services has developed a free interactive training course for health care professionals on safe opioid use.

Adverse drug events (ADE) account for 3.5 million physician office visits each year.1 Additionally, opioids are the leading cause of pharmaceutical overdose deaths.1 The National Action Plan for ADE Prevention encourages appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain through this new resource, called “Pathways to Safer Opioid Use.”1,2
This web-based training module enables health care professionals to play the role of primary care physician, nurse, pharmacist, or patient and make decisions controlled regarding opioid-related ADEs. It includes patient counseling points, such as the risk of respiratory depression and the importance of keeping these medications out of reach of family members.
All health care professionals can greatly benefit from this opioid training resource, as it enables them to apply their knowledge to practice-based situations involving opioids.
  1. US Department of Health and Human Services. National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention. Available at: Accessed June 12, 2015.
  2. US Department of Health and Human Services. Pathways to Safer Opioid Use. Available at: Accessed June 12, 2015.

Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh
Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh
Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh, received her PharmD degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy in 2006 and completed a 2-year drug information residency. She served as a pharmacy professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy for 6 years, managed the drug information center, and conducted medication therapy management reviews. Dr. Gershman has published research on prescription drug abuse, regulatory issues, and drug information in various scholarly journals. Additionally, she received the Sheriff’s Special Recognition Award for her collaboration with the Broward, Florida Sheriff’s Office to prevent prescription drug abuse through a drug disposal program. She has also presented at pharmacist and physician continuing education programs on topics that include medication errors, prescription drug abuse, and legal and regulatory issues. Dr. Gershman can be followed on Twitter @jgershman2