Partnering with Patients: Counseling Patients About Non-Opioid Pain Options


Vincent Capone, MPAS, MSW, PA-C
Associate Medical Director and Physician Assistant, Empower3 Center for Health - Internal Medicine
Trauma Physician Assistant, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Altoona Trauma and Emergency General Surgery Department (InterTrauma Consulting), Altoona, PA
Vincent Capone, MPAS, MSW, PA-C

Vincent Capone is a Physician Assistant currently practicing internal medicine in central Pennsylvania at the Empower3 Center for Health where he serves as the Associate Medical Director. In addition, he continues to work in Trauma/Emergency General Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Altoona. He is a graduate of Missouri State University School of Social Work and Saint Francis University’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies, a program where he remains active as a preceptor. Mr. Capone is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in both an enlisted capacity and later as an Army officer. He is currently a Fellow in the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants, a member of the Blair Country Healthy Coalition, and a former member of the Society of Army Physician Assistants. He actively volunteers with the PA Foundation and as a member of the AAPA Physician Assistant Research Team Initiative. Among his current certifications are Advanced Trauma Life Support from the American College of Surgeons, and a Certified Opioid Treatment Specialist from Clarion University. He was awarded the Advanced Practitioner of the Year award by InterTrauma Consulting in 2017 and 2018.

Peter A. Kreckel, RPh
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Saint Francis University
Pharmacy Manager, Thompson Pharmacy, Altoona, PA
Peter A. Kreckel, RPh

Peter A. Kreckel, RPh received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981. He served as the President of the Pharmacy School Class of 1981 for 3 years and as President of the Pharmacy Student Council for 2 years. He has been employed at the Thompson Pharmacy on Broad Avenue, Altoona, PA since June of 2008 and also serves as an adjunct professor at St. Francis University, where he has taught pharmacology to physician assistant students since 2005.

Additionally, he is a clinical pharmacist at the Empower-3 Clinic in Altoona, where he works in the office of Dr. Zane Gates and sees patients to review medications before they see their provider. Mr. Kreckel is currently writing a monthly column to share his views and experiences gathered from his 38 years in community pharmacy practice. Further, he writes a weekly newsletter to share concise and relevant clinical information on therapeutics.

Mr. Kreckel is passionate about his profession in pharmacy and works tirelessly to provide future pharmacists the same rewarding opportunities he has experienced.

Statement of Need

With the opioid crisis resulting in up to a 30% increase in overdoses among men and a 24% increase among women from July 2016 through September 2017, it is imperative that health care providers (HCPs), including pharmacists, work with patients to achieve goals that will reverse these destructive trends. When making treatment decisions, HCPs also need to make patients aware of safer, non-opioid alternatives to pain management.

The second installment of this CME Outfitters BriefCase series on addressing the opioid epidemic in our communities focuses on how HCPs can educate their patients about their pain and about nonopioid pain management in order to optimize safe and effective, multimodal treatment plans.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Apply evidence and guideline recommendations supporting non-opioid pain management to treatment decision-making.
  • Educate patients about their pain and non-opioid pain management to optimize safe and effective, multimodal treatment plans.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson, administered by Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience


Credit Information

Jointly Accredited Provider

In support of improving patient care, CME Outfitters, LLC, is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Pharmacists (ACPE) 1.0

This application-based activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour (0.10 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy credit.
Activity UAN: JA0007185-0000-22-040-H08-P

Disclosure Declaration

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Vincent Capone, MPAS, MSW, PA-C has no disclosures to report.

Peter Kreckel, RPh has no disclosures to report.

Disclosures were obtained from the CME Outfitters, LLC staff: No disclosures to report.

  • Mae Ochoa, RPh (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.
  • Evan Luberger (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.
  • Jan Perez (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

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Partnering with Patients: Counseling Patients About Non-Opioid Pain Options
Event Date: 04/30/2020