Identifying and Responding to Opioid Abuse in the Community Pharmacy

This webinar is intended to broaden the existing skills of community pharmacists in recognizing and responding to opioid abuse. The webinar will include background on the growing opioid epidemic in the United States and efforts to reduce mortality related to any opioid use. This includes dosing recommendations, tools to identify opioid abuse, increased access to substance abuse services and take-home naloxone. Important information for community pharmacists will include opioid safety counseling for all opioid prescriptions, responding to newly identified opioid abuse, language to maintain patient engagement and counseling patients on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose with take-home naloxone.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify risk factors for opioid use disorder in chronic pain patients
  2. Modify patient counseling for opioid prescriptions to include elements of opioid safety
  3. Develop a screening plan for opioid abuse in a community pharmacy
  4. Apply knowledge of how to respond to newly identified opioid abuse in a community pharmacy
  5. Outline a referral process to evidence-based substance abuse treatment from a community pharmacy
  6. Effectively counsel a patient on recognizing and responding to an opioid overdose with take-home naloxone


  • Michelle Geier, PharmD, BCPP, San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH)
  • Jennifer Behan, PharmD, San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH)
  • Thomas E. Kearney, PharmD., DABAT, FAACT, University of California, San Francisco, School of Pharmacy

Continuing Pharmacy Education

The California Pharmacists Association (#0113) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Upon completing an evaluation form, participants will be awarded 1 hour (0.1 CEUs) of Continuing Pharmacy Education Credit. A statement of credit will not be issued. Participants may log onto the CPE monitor website using their individual log in to download their statement of credit. Please allow 4 weeks for processing of CPE credits to the CPE monitor. UAN:  0113-0000-16-058-L04-P, 0113-0000-16-058-L04-T

Activity Type:  Knowledge-based
Target Audience:  Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians
Release Date: October 13, 2016
Expiration Date: October 13, 2019

What to Expect After Registration

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions on how to access this course.

Registration Fees**      
CPhA Member $49
Non-Member $99

***No cancellations or refunds will be issued once user login information has been sent. Unfortunately, due to the online format of this program we are unable to offer exceptions to this policy. It’s recommend that each registrant review the course content prior to submitting payment to ensure the content meets individual educational needs. User has 30 days to complete the on-demand program from registration. If you have questions regarding course content or cancellation policy please contact CPhA at (916) 779-4524.

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