Preventing Opioid Abuse

Date: 9/8/2020 - 9/8/2023


Contact Hours: 3.0

ACPE UAN: 0384-9999-20-105-H08-T


The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Target Audience: Certified Pharmacy Technicians

This CPE activity has been designated as a knowledge-based program.

Author: Gregory Phillip, PharmD

Faculty Disclosures/Conflicts of Interest: Author declared no conflict of interest and all information is provided fairly and without bias. Author received no commercial/financial support for this activity and do not approve or endorse any commercial products displayed.

Goals & Objectives:
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

 Understand epidemiology and the genesis of the opioid crisis.

    • Discuss trends in opioid prescribing by specialties.
    • List the types of opioids and their pharmacokinetics .
    • Describe the effect of opioid pain medications on body & brain.
    • Describe definitions of terms related to opioid abuse and misuse.
    • Discuss commonly prescribed opioid and their side effects.
    • Discuss opioid tolerance and withdrawals symptoms.
    • Discuss pharmacologic agents used to treat opioid disorder (opioid antagonists.)
    • Describe the risks of abuse and addiction associated with opioid medication.
    • List the sources of misused prescription opioids.
    • Discuss risk assessment tools for substance abuse.
    • Review Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and impact of a mandatory PDMP on prescription opioid analgesics. 

Release Date: 09/08/2020
Expiration Date: 09/08/2023