Managing Opioid Medications for Pain Relief While Preventing Overdose, Diversion, and Misuse: The Role of the Pharmacist

Pharmacy Times, May 2015 Skin & Eye Health, Volume 81, Issue 5

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mallinckrodt.

Managing Opioid Medications for Pain Relief While Preventing Overdose, Diversion, and Misuse: The Role of the Pharmacist

Faculty

Christopher M. Herndon, PharmD, BCPS,

CPE, FASHP

Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Clinical Associate Professor, School of

Medicine, Saint Louis University

Edwardsville, Illinois

Educational Objectives:

After completing this continuing education program, the participant will be able to:

  • Review the characteristics of patients who intend to use or distribute opioids for nonmedical reasons.
  • Recognize effective strategies to communicate to patients regarding appropriate opioid medication use, storage, and disposal.
  • Discuss the risk factors that are associated with the highest rates of opioid overdose.
  • Outline how pharmacists can support the current REMS programs for ER/LA and TIRF opioid products and identify the tools available to prevent misuse, diversion, and abuse.

Target audience

: Pharmacists

Type of activity:

Knowledge

Release date

: May 7, 2015

Expiration date

: May 7, 2017

Estimated time to complete activity

: 2.0 hours

Fee

: Free

Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours (0.20 CEUs) under the ACPE universal activity number 0290-0000-15-036-H05-P. The activity is available for CE credit through May 7, 2017.