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ACPE Accredited Continuing Education for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

The Opioid Epidemic: Searching for Solutions Webcast – 1 CE

Activity Overview

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 3.8 million people (1.4% of those ages 12 or older) reported misusing prescription pain relievers while another 329,000 people reported using heroin. Within the same year, 52,404 lethal overdoses took place, making drug overdose the leading cause of accidental death within the United States. Stancliff et al estimated that as of 2012, approximately 80% of people dependent on heroin or prescription opioids were not engaged in any treatment and many in treatment do not use the most effective medication-assisted treatments available to them.Despite recent increased awareness of opioid use disorder (OUD) and efforts to improve access to care, several barriers to treatment still exist, including financial, geographic, regulatory, and social. In 2012, only 2.2% of physicians in the United States obtained waivers to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of OUD. Of those who received waivers, 41.6% were psychiatrists. This may be perceived as a potential barrier to OUD treatment as patients are often resistant to referrals to psychiatric and/or addiction clinics given the stigmas commonly surrounding addiction and mental health. Furthermore, physicians with waivers were found to practice primarily in urban settings, leaving a large portion of the rural population without access to buprenorphine treatment.With all this in mind, education is needed in regards to current and emerging treatment options for OUD available to multiple patient populations. Also, with the deaths due to drug overdoses still elevated, education on how to recognize and reverse an opioid overdose is needed.This presentation will address the above needs by discussing the science behind opioid use disorder as well as reflect upon current statistics associated with its impact on the United States. During the discussion, opioid overdose risks will be discussed and participants will be able to practice recognizing key symptoms of an overdose situation. Steps of using naloxone will be discussed and connected to how to appropriately seek out treatment for maintenance of opioid use disorder. Finally, new buprenorphine products and the potential role of naltrexone will be applied to this stigmatized population.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

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

  1. Discuss the pertinent nature of opioid use/abuse throughout the United States
  2. Describe how to recognize and treat an opioid/heroin overdose
  3. Describe currently indicated pharmacologic treatment options for opioid withdrawal, detoxification, and maintenance, including new agents now on the market
  4. Identify and discuss new treatment options for opioid use disorder

Pharmacy Technicians Learning Objectives

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

  1. Discuss the pertinent nature of opioid use/abuse throughout the United States
  2. Describe how to recognize and treat an opioid/heroin overdose
  3. Describe risks associated with an opioid/heroin overdose
  4. List current and upcoming treatment options for opioid use disorder

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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. 20-846427.

Faculty Information

Bennett Doughty, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy in 2016. Following graduation, Doughty completed two years of residency training at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, Conn., specializing in psychiatric pharmacy.

Doughty joined the Binghamton School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2018 as a clinical assistant professor in psychiatry/neurology within the Department of Pharmacy Practice. He also serves as a clinical psychiatric pharmacy specialist at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., where he works in an integrated psychiatric clinic within internal medicine. Additionally, Doughty currently is the treasurer/secretary of the New York State chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and serves on the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) National Consumer Relations Board. Doughty’s research interests primarily focus on the engagement of patients in substance use disorder treatment, particularly within the opioid epidemic.

Financial Support Disclosure

This activity was developed by AchieveCE free of any commercial support. Dr. Bennett Doughty, 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

1.0 Contact Hour

Category

Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Target Audience

Pharmacist
Pharmacy Technician

Activity Type

Knowledge-based

Universal Activity Number

Pharmacist: 
0657-0000-21-071-H01-P

Pharmacy Technician: 

0657-0000-21-071-H01-T

Activity Release Date

July 14, 2021

Activity Expiration Date

July 14, 2024

Handout Download Link(s)

Cost

$4.00

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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