Safe and effective opioid use in pain management: A clinician’s prescribing perspective: pharmacists

June 28, 2017
Target Audience:

Pharmacists in community-based practice.

Universal program number: 0401-0000-17-057-L01-P
CE Broker tracking number: 20-573857
Activity type: Knowledged-based
Date: Wednesday, June 28 from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EDT


It goes without saying that we are still in the middle of a crisis with continued increases in both addiction and overdose deaths from both prescription and street-obtained opioids. Both federal and state governments have enacted (or suggested) a variety of actions in an attempt to stem the tide. This session will review a number of consensus-based measures that healthcare providers/prescribers use to assess patients for treatment with opioids, including risk/benefit analysis, establishing tangible treatment goals, patient-provider agreements, informed consent, monitoring patients for efficacy, side effects and safety, including aberrant behaviors associated with abuse risk. Within this framework, there will be emphasis on select points where communication between prescribing clinicians and pharmacists is paramount to ensure the best and safest outcomes for patients and the community.

Learning objectives:
  1. Discuss how a prescribing clinician accurately assesses patients with pain for consideration of an opioid trial.
  2. Describe how realistic goals for pain management and restoration of function are conveyed to patients.
  3. Review the step-wise approach for initiating opioids in patients with acute pain.
  4. Discuss logistics surrounding faxed, e-scribed, future-dated and blank signed prescriptions.
  5. Counsel patients and caregivers about use, misuse, abuse, diversion and overdose.
  6. List options by which pharmacists and prescribers can work together to ensure patient safety.

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Drug Store News is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This CPE activity is approved for pharmacists and is worth 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs).

Course summary
Credit hours: 
  • 1.00 Pharmacist
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06/28/2017 - 8:00pm
Event ends: 
06/28/2017 - 9:00pm

Jody Agins, MSN, RNP, FNP/GNP-BC, clinical services director, Agape Hospice and Palliative Care, Tucson, Arizona; founder and executive director of Collaborative Medical Provider Group (PLLC), Tucson, Arizona; primary care provider, Caremore Touch (Anthem)

Jody Agins and the DSN editorial and continuing education staff do not have any actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this lesson.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Pharmacist

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