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ACPE Accredited Continuing Education for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

American Addiction Webcast – 1.5 CE

Activity Overview

Every 7 minutes in our country, a person dies from a drug overdose, while a child is also born approximately every 30 minutes dependent upon opioids. How do we as pharmacists and pharmacy technicians offer non-stigmatic patient care and contribute to the progress of society in the right direction?

Substance use disorder (addiction) is likened to an iceberg or a weed, in that the issues underneath the surface, are typically even more complicated than what is viewed from the surface. Addiction spans hundreds of substances of abuse highlighted by stimulants (cocaine and methamphetamine), cannabis (plant, synthetics, & extracts), and opioids (Heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanyl). As one can recall with the substance of ethyl alcohol (i.e. beer, wine, and hard liquor), a substance may never actually chemically change, yet can move across legal classifications of substances, leaving all healthcare professionals in need of knowledge on all substances of abuse.

Opioid use disorder (opioid addiction) is combated with the medication assisted treatments (MAT) of naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine, while opioid overdose respiratory depression is reversed with naloxone. Over the course of this presentation, we will aim for a “higher” education on all of these dynamic aspects. Unlike opioids, this presentation is sure to open your eyes and possibly even elevate your blood pressure and/or heart rate!!!

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of substance use disorder (addiction)
  2. Recall the pharmacology of common substances of abuse, including stimulants (cocaine and methamphetamine), cannabis (plant, synthetic and extract), and opioids (Heroin, fentanyl, & carfentanyl)
  3. Identify patient counseling points for opioid use disorder (OUD) medication assisted treatments (MAT) including naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine, and the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone

Pharmacy Technician Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of substance use disorder (addiction)
  2. Recall the pharmacology of common substances of abuse, including stimulants (cocaine and methamphetamine), cannabis (plant, synthetic and extract), and opioids (Heroin, fentanyl, & carfentanyl)
  3. Identify patient counseling points for opioid use disorder (OUD) medication assisted treatments (MAT) including naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine, and the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxoneMAT) including naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine, and the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone

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Accreditation Statement

ACPEAchieveCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

AchieveCE is also accredited by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider no. 50-20641). This course is approved by CE Broker, with CE Broker No. 20-845717.

Faculty Information

Mark Garofoli, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, CPE is a 2004 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and a 2008 graduate of the Strayer University MBA program. He is board-certified in Geriatric Care (BGCP) along with having APhA certificate training in Immunizations and Medication Therapy Management (MTM). He began his career with CVS Health for a decade of being a community pharmacist and “climbing the corporate ladder”, before joining Humana Healthcare to perform medication therapy management (MTM) for 6 years. In 2015, he began in the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Pharmacy by developing MTM and managed care programs focusing on pain management. Mark was the coordinator of the West Virginia Expert Pain Management Panel, which developed the West Virginia Safe & Effective Management of Pain (SEMP) Guidelines (www.sempguidelines.org). Currently, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Experiential Learning for the WVU School of Pharmacy, along with being a Clinical Pain Management Pharmacist at the WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management. 
 
Dr. Garofoli has been a consultant in the field of pain management on many different avenues such as being a grant reviewer for the CDC, an expert witness in multiple criminal and civil court cases, numerous interviews and articles locally and nationally, and was the recipient of the West Virginia GenerationRx Award. Dr. Garofoli is also a certified pain educator and conducts national, regional, local, and online presentations across the country revolving around pain management, substance use disorder (addiction), drug diversion, and substances of abuse. He enjoys the many blessings in his life with his beautiful and beyond intelligent wife, Dr. Gretchen Garofoli (PharmD, BCACP, CTTTS), and his son Luke in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Financial Support Disclosure

This activity was developed by AchieveCE free of any commercial support. Mark Garofoli has no actual or potential conflicts of interest to disclose.

Content Complexity

  Level 2. Basic Application of Skills and Concepts

Delivery Type

Home Study Webcast

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Credits

1.5 Contact Hours

Target Audience

Pharmacist
Pharmacy Technician

Activity Type

Knowledge-based

Universal Activity Number

Pharmacist:
0657-0000-21-061-H04-P

Pharmacy Technician:  
0657-0000-21-061-H04-T

Activity Release Date

July 9, 2021

Activity Expiration Date

July 9, 2024

Handout Download Link(s)

Cost

$6.00

Requirements for Credit

Participants must score a passing grade of 70% or higher on the activity post-test and complete an activity evaluation. There are no time limits and unlimited test-taking attempts. Credits will be reported to CPE Monitor within 10 days of completion if your license information is entered properly in your profile.

Hardware Requirements

Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
iOS 10+, Android 4.3+

Software Requirements

Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
Adobe Acrobat Reader

Network Requirements

Broadband Internet Connection:
T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
4G cellular connection

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