Welcome to the Pharmacy Opioid Education Hub

Pharmacists are important stakeholders in changing the course of the opioid crisis. As health care providers at the point of opioid dispensing, pharmacists wear many hats. Technology built in to clinical workflow combined with relationships built with community residents give pharmacists the ability to identify “red flags” in prescribing—high doses of opioids, multiple prescriptions from multiple prescribers and pharmacies—that place individuals at risk for overdose and to provide access to naloxone as needed. Pharmacists are educators that promote safe medication storage and disposal. Through collaborations with local physicians, other pharmacies, and law enforcement, pharmacists are the first line of defense against potential abuse, misuse, and diversion. For these many reasons, we have created this Pharmacy Opioid Education Hub dedicated to pharmacy education and resources.

A Grassroots Approach to Weed Out HIV and HCV in Special OUD Populations

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Injection drug use (IDU) has been fueled by the opioid crisis, resulting in a dramatic increase in hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. People with opioid use disorder (OUD) are 28 times more likely to contract HIV, and one in 10 new HIV infections is attributed to IDU. Further, the CDC reported a 233% increase in new HCV infections between 2010-2016.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm ET

LIVE STREAM: Visualizing Pain and Addiction: An Augmented Reality Discussion

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This CME Outfitters livestream features augmented reality with an interactive illustration of the brain/body reaction to pain and factors that influence pain perception in order to educate learners about acute and chronic pain pathways so that they may optimize safe and competent prescribing while still appropriately managing pain.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 11:30am – 1:00pm ET

Putting Pressure on Opioid Prescribing: Novel Approaches to Pain Management

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Opioids continue to impact all corners of the United States and its communities, a burden that continues to grow at a rapid pace. The current opioid crisis is incredibly challenging for both patients and health care providers (HCPs). There has been a 30% increase in overdoses among men and a 24% increase among women, with all ages affected. While changing these current trends is important, it cannot be accomplished by policy changes alone. There is no one size fits all model for communities to address this crisis.  Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>>  

Time To Listen: What The Experts Have To Say About Safe Opioid Prescribing And Addiction Treatment

Participate Now This CME Outfitters activity features insight from this panel of experts on the challenges, consequences, and opportunities for the development of education to help meet the pain management needs of patients amid rising concerns of addiction and diversion.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Reducing the Burden of Pain in a Changing Treatment Landscape

Participate Now Developing actionable steps to promote appropriate prescribing for individuals with acute and chronic pain is imperative to curbing the impact of the growing opioid crisis facing our communities.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: New Approaches to Safe and Effective Pain Management

Participate Now In part 2 of this 3-part series, expert faculty focus on the four-step approach that follows the SOAP (Subjective-Objective-Assessment-Plan) approach to pain management, as well as principles of communication with patients experiencing pain in order to help clinicians appropriately prescribe the best therapy for pain management in each patient.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Principles of Communication and Recognizing Patient Needs

Participate Now The conclusion of this 3-part series features expert faculty focusing on a collaborative patient-centered approach in order to guide optimal pain management, which includes applying an evidence-based approach to chronic pain management and improving prescribing practices through pharmacovigilance.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A Call to Action to Save Our Communities

Participate Now Join Dr. Gold and Dr. Stanos in augmented reality illustration of pain management strategies to optimize safe and responsible management of acute and chronic pain. Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>>

Understanding the Big Picture of Pain and Pain Assessment

Participate Now The key to pain management is helping patients function better so that they can return to doing the things they enjoy. In this CME Snack, expert faculty discuss pain assessment tools and risk stratification so that clinicians can work together with patients to restore function and improve quality of life.  Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>> 

Providing the Right Expectations: Understanding the Pathophysiology of Pain

Participate Now Evaluating patients with chronic pain can be a daunting task, as the nervous system is complex and knowing which type of pain the patient is experiencing – neuropathic, nociceptive, or nociplastic – is the best guide for where clinicians should focus their treatment decisions. In this CME Snack on understanding and treating pain, expert faculty focus on the pathophysiology of pain and the underlying mechanisms to assessment and appropriate management.  Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>> 

The Role that Gender Plays in Pain Perception, Treatment, and Addiction

Participate Now Gender plays an important role in pain, pain reception, and opioid use.  In this CME Snack, expert faculty discuss how gender and sexual trauma and/or abuse affects a patient’s proclivity to substance abuse disorders. Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>> 

Shifting Perspectives on Pain Management in Oral Surgery

Participate Now In a survey of 1,015,116 opioid naïve patients undergoing surgery, total duration of opioid use was the strongest predictor of misuse and the greatest risk for individuals in the 15-24 age group. Young people aged 15-24 often get their first exposure to opioids with dental surgery. In a survey of randomly selected oral surgeons conducted by Dr. Abubaker and colleagues, the average number of opioid tablets prescribed was 20, with 22% prescribing more than 20 tablets, and 11% prescribing more than 30 tablets. These risk factors, combined with the current epidemic, has led many oral surgeons to believe that the old standards of depending on opioids as a first-line treatment should be a thing of the past. In this free CME Snack, Dr. Gold and Dr. Abubaker share insights on alternative pain management strategies for oral pain with a focus on finding a balance between compassion for patient care and patient safety. Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>>

How PAs are Improving Skill Sets to Approach Opioid Use

Participate Now Opioid medications are among the most powerful medications available for the treatment of acute severe pain. Many patients start down the road of opioid addiction when prescribed opioids the first time following a surgery, trauma, or injury. In a 2017 survey of PAs clinical practice, PAs are not only prescribing schedule II and II drugs but are managing patients with pain in their practices and have expressed a need for education on both prescribing opioids and managing their patients, particularly for those of underserved populations. In this CME Snack on best ways to approach opioid use, expert faculty discuss the importance of gathering comprehensive patient histories that include substance use information, listening to patient stories, and the wellness component of treating patients with pain. Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>> 

Managing the Complexity of Chronic Pain in the Primary Care Setting

Participate Now Primary care physicians can play a key role in making a difference in the opioid epidemic. PCPs are responsible for approximately 50% of opioid prescriptions and need to incorporate best practice strategies to optimize safe and competent prescribing, therefore minimizing potential for abuse and diversion.  Although chronic pain is not something a physician can cure, if the patient feels understood and heard treatment will be more successful. This CME Snack focuses on the complexity of chronic pain and how best to manage it in a primary care setting, with expert faculty discussing how PCPs and their patients can make informed decisions together.  Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>> 

New Perspectives and Approaches from Orthopedic Surgeons for the Management of Acute Pain

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In light of the current opioid crisis, many states have put forward prescribing mandates and limits for opioids, clinical practice guidelines can provide guidance for treatment decisions for acute pain in the management of minor to major musculoskeletal injuries. In this CME Snack, expert faculty discuss non-opioid approaches to acute pain and the new Orthopaedic Trauma Association Clinical Practice Guidelines for Acute Pain Management. Download the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Clinical Practice Guidelines for Acute Pain Management  Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>>

Fatal Attraction: Why are Opioids so Addicting?

Participate Now Early in the opioid crisis, physicians were the principle source of opioid use and abuse due to overprescribing, often leading to patients storing leftover prescriptions at home and friends or family members finding and using these leftovers. Unfortunately, simply restricting opioid prescriptions is not an effective strategy in a culture that has wildly available and accessible drugs of abuse available.  In this CME Snack, Dr. Mark S. Gold focuses on the biological underpinnings of opioid addiction in order to educate clinicians on how to address the opioid epidemic in their communities. Resources: How to Properly Dispose of Your Unused MedicinesParticipate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>> 

Opioid Use Disorder in Special Populations: Making Recovery a Goal

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The opioid epidemic is ravaging many parts of the United States, resulting in drug overdose deaths emerging as the leading cause of injury death. Two populations in particular warrant attention of healthcare providers: incarcerated individuals and veterans. Approximately half of state and federal prisoners meet criteria for substance use disorder, and the number of veterans addicted to opioids rose 55% between 2010 and 2015. Participate in this webcast to as faculty discuss best practices to reduce the risk of relapse or death among special populations with OUD.  Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>> 

Championing Change: Addressing Addiction in Our Communities

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In this CME Snack, Jessica Nickel, founder of the Addiction Policy Forum, and Dr. Mark Gold focus on community-based strategies to provide an effective care settings for those dealing with substance use disorder. Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>>


An Animated Look at Acute and Chronic Pain Pathways – Download the Animation Guide here (PDF)

Understanding Pain Pathways

An Animated Look at Addiction Pathways

Over the Counter (OTC) Pain Resources

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Brainstorming Opioid Addiction through Merged Perspectives: Learnings from Roundtable Discussions

Read Now According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 115 people die each day in the United States due to an opioid overdose. To better understand the nation’s current epidemic, CME Outfitters recently brought together the perspectives of those most impacted by opioids in hopes of creating more effective strategies to avoid addiction in the coming years. These roundtable discussions, hosted by CME Outfitters, first pulled the experiences of both patients and their loved ones who have been affected by opioid dependency. Read more about the the four key takeaways that we learned.

From Analytics to Understanding: A Look Into Our 3D Pain Animation’s Debut at CME Outfitters’ Opioid Epidemic Premiere Symposium

Read More Family medicine providers are uniquely qualified to lead the charge for precise and responsible prescribing for acute and chronic pain. Family medicine is at the forefront of managing chronic illness, handling comorbidities, and coordinating care for their patients. A recent live meeting held at the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) used an animated 3-D model that learners were able to move, rotate, and zoom as they explored acute and chronic pain pathways.