Pharmacist’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic: Advanced, Opioid-Specific Counseling Webinar – 1.5 hours ACPE continuing education credit, free when using code.

Resource Location:

An on-line instructional webinar created in collaboration with IPRO QIN-QIO and the University at Buffalo can be accessed at the link above.

Prescribers and pharmacists who work or live in DC, DE, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, RI, VT can earn 1.5 hours of free ACPE continuing education for completing this program by using this code when prompted: qinub23.

It is available October 1, 2023, through September 30, 2025, and covers a review the opioid epidemic and regulatory responses, identifies legitimate medical use vs. illegitimate opioid use, reviews basic counseling items with relationship to opioids, identifies advanced counseling items related to opioids and identifies overdose risks indicating provision of naloxone.

Supporting documents for this program include:

Opioid Stewardship – Opioid Counseling Checklist

This tool is intended to help remind pharmacists about opioid-related counseling points as needed.

Conversation Starter – Opioid Dispensing, Education, and Management for Pharmacists

The Conversation Starter helps pharmacists guide the conversation they have with patients regarding opioid management and lifestyle management, opioid assessment and plan, recommendations, and follow-up steps. This guide is intended to ease what could potentially be a difficult conversation.

Pain Management Zone Tool

A guide for patients and care partners to assess pain and seek medical care when appropriate using a stoplight concept of green (all clear), yellow (caution/warning), and red (emergency).

Pain, Enjoyment, and General Activity (PEG) Scale for Assessing Pain Intensity and Interference

The Pain, Enjoyment, General Activity (PEG) Scale assesses pain intensity and interference and is considered the gold standard for pain scales.