An estimated 130 people are dying per day from opioid overdoses which amounts to 42,000 people per year. In 2017, 2.1 million people were diagnosed with an OUD, which includes prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl.  In total, 19.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder, which includes dependence or misuse of alcohol or any illicit drug. 

CPNP’s OUD Education Program is designed to be part of the solution in addressing this public health crisis by educating pharmacists on how to identify patients with OUD, when to refer untreated patients to providers for treatment, how to develop/recommend evidence‐based treatment plans for OUD, and the steps to monitoring prescribed treatments. 

You can take advantage of a suite of over 20 hours of ACPE approved, on-demand programming presented by seasoned pharmacists and other healthcare professionals actively treating opioid use disorder for FREE. Topics range from pharmacotherapy for OUD, to comorbid disorders, to chronic pain and OUD, and so much more.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify individuals at risk for opioid overdose and develop an appropriate treatment plan
  2. Screen and refer patients with opioid use disorder for treatment
  3. Develop an evidence-based treatment plan for medication assisted treatment
  4. Describe and implement harm reduction strategies for patients with opioid use disorder
  5. Assess, initiate, and modify opioid use disorder treatment planning using evidence-based recommendations 
  6. Discuss the psychiatric and medical co-morbidities associated with opioid use disorder
  7. Apply regulatory and best practices to optimize care and safety for patients with opioid use disorder

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Alkermes, Inc.

Courses

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Harm Reduction in Opioid Use Disorder ACPE
During this session, participants will learn the principles of harm reduction for people with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and how to ...[more]

During this session, participants will learn the principles of harm reduction for people with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and how to apply interventions for harm reduction. You’ll also learn what resources are available to assist people with OUD in accessing harm reduction services.

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1FREE!
Health Care Providers in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder ACPE
During this session, participants will understand the prevalence of substance use disorders (SUDs) in health care professionals and ...[more]

During this session, participants will understand the prevalence of substance use disorders (SUDs) in health care professionals and what resources are available for pharmacy professionals with SUDs. Additionally, you’ll learn to create a plan for managing healthcare professionals in recovery.

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1FREE!
Integrating Pharmacists into the Team for Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorder ACPE
During this session, participants will identify training and traits pharmacists bring to the interprofessional treatment team ...[more]

During this session, participants will identify training and traits pharmacists bring to the interprofessional treatment team caring for patients with OUD as well as the barriers and benefits in establishing a collaborative practice agreement. Additionally, you will leave with confidence to start your own practice in three different clinical settings.

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1.25FREE!
Interprofessional Communication Among Prescribers and Pharmacists who Care for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder ACPE
During this session, participants will learn misperceptions between prescribers and community pharmacists that impact care for ...[more]

During this session, participants will learn misperceptions between prescribers and community pharmacists that impact care for patients with OUD and discuss factors that influence communication. Through practicing solutions to improve communication you will leave the session with the ability to improve care for patients with OUD.

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1.25FREE!
Managing Pain in the Setting of Opioid Use Disorder ACPE
During this session, participants will understand the epidemiology of comorbid pain and OUD and the symptoms of untreated chronic ...[more]

During this session, participants will understand the epidemiology of comorbid pain and OUD and the symptoms of untreated chronic pain from OUD. You will be able to design treatment plans to address the very challenging clinical dilemma of managing comorbid acute and chronic pain in patients with comorbid OUD.

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1.25FREE!
Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in the Acute Care Setting ACPE
During this session, participants will learn about the epidemiology of OUD as well as the regulatory requirements for initiating ...[more]

During this session, participants will learn about the epidemiology of OUD as well as the regulatory requirements for initiating detoxification for OUD in the acute care setting. Finally, participants will be able to apply evidence-based interventions in the acute care setting, including the processes of detoxification and pharmacotherapy for OUD.

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1FREE!
Opioid Use Disorder and Comorbid Disorders ACPE
During this session, participants will identify medical disorders that commonly co-occur with OUD, learn to screen for common ...[more]

During this session, participants will identify medical disorders that commonly co-occur with OUD, learn to screen for common comorbid disorders in patients with OUD, and demonstrate how to develop treatment plans to care for this patient population. 

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1.5FREE!
Perinatal Opioid Use Disorder: Screening, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and Lactation ACPE
During this session, participants will identify screening tools to evaluate OUD in pregnant and/or lactating people, discuss ...[more]

During this session, participants will identify screening tools to evaluate OUD in pregnant and/or lactating people, discuss barriers to treatment, and evaluate for the risk and prevention of neonatal abstinence syndrome. Additionally, participants will learn presenting symptoms of and non-pharmacologic treatment options for neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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1.25FREE!
Pharmacists on the Front Lines in Naloxone Education and Distribution for Opioid Overdose ACPE
During this session, participants will assess the risk for opioid-induced respiratory depression, identify models for overdose ...[more]

During this session, participants will assess the risk for opioid-induced respiratory depression, identify models for overdose education and naloxone distribution, and describe the pharmacology of naloxone. Additionally, the participant will learn how to properly administer naloxone products and how to store and provide medication education to patients.

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1.25FREE!
Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorder ACPE
During this session, participants will understand the mechanism of action and dosing for buprenorphine/naloxone, methadone, and ...[more]

During this session, participants will understand the mechanism of action and dosing for buprenorphine/naloxone, methadone, and naltrexone. In addition, the learner will be able to discuss the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) levels of care, and recommend non-pharmacologic treatments for a patient being treated for OUD.

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2FREE!
Prescription Medication Diversion and Opioid Use Disorder ACPE
During this session, participants will learn about the scope of the drug diversion problem in the U.S. as well as sources and ...[more]

During this session, participants will learn about the scope of the drug diversion problem in the U.S. as well as sources and methods of diversion. Participants will understand strategies for diversion monitoring in patients and the healthcare setting.

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1.25FREE!
Screening and Referral for Opioid Use Disorder ACPE
During this session, participants will understand the role of the pharmacist in the process of Screening, Brief Intervention and ...[more]

During this session, participants will understand the role of the pharmacist in the process of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). Participants will be able to apply validated screening tools in the clinical setting and access resources to refer patients for evaluation or treatment.

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1FREE!
Special Considerations for Incarcerated Patients with Opioid Use Disorder ACPE
During this session, participants will know the epidemiology of OUD in the incarceration setting while discussing the role of ...[more]

During this session, participants will know the epidemiology of OUD in the incarceration setting while discussing the role of opioid tolerance and regulations for continuing pharmacotherapy for OUD. Additionally, the learner will be able to describe interventions to design a treatment plan and decrease diversion of medications used in the treatment of OUD in incarcerated patients.

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1.25FREE!
The Opioid Epidemic: History, Stigma and Progress ACPE
During this session, participants will understand the development of the opioid epidemic, societal costs of OUD and injection drug ...[more]

During this session, participants will understand the development of the opioid epidemic, societal costs of OUD and injection drug use, the neurobiology of OUD and criteria to assess for OUD. Participants will also learn the regulatory requirements for medication management, the process for obtaining a DATA waiver and discuss methods to address and reduce stigma.

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1.5FREE!
Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Children and Adolescents ACPE
During this session, participants will gain insights into the special considerations involved in treating OUD in children and ...[more]

During this session, participants will gain insights into the special considerations involved in treating OUD in children and adolescents, including barriers to treatment engagement. A focus is placed on the screening tools available to specifically evaluate OUD in children and adolescents as well as the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options appropriate for this patient population.

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0.75FREE!
Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults ACPE
During this session, participants will learn how to recognize OUD in the older adult population, what barriers exist to treatment, ...[more]

During this session, participants will learn how to recognize OUD in the older adult population, what barriers exist to treatment, and how to recommend pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options.

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0.75FREE!
Urine Drug Screens and Opioid Use Disorder ACPE
During this session, participants will understand the different urine drug screening methods, address commonly encountered problems ...[more]

During this session, participants will understand the different urine drug screening methods, address commonly encountered problems with false positives and negatives, be able to interpret testing results to design a treatment plan.

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1.25FREE!