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Opioid Use, Abuse and Misuse Resource Center

APhA works closely to monitor, respond and inform our members about opioid use, abuse, and misuse. This site will be updated with new information and resources as they become available.

Achieving a Proper Balance

APhA believes it is imperative that a proper balance be maintained in delivering appropriate pain management for the millions of patients with legitimate needs for controlled substances while taking steps to minimize inappropriate use and abuse.  Pharmacists possess unique knowledge about the safe and effective use of medications and about the adverse events resulting from inappropriate use. Such knowledge enables pharmacists to play an important role in patient access to opioids, but also opioid drug abuse prevention, education, and assistance.  


Interactive tools and recent publications that can be used regularly or referenced to help pharmacists treat patients using opioids. Includes CDC's opioid prescribing guideline (released March 15), a buprenorphine treatment physician locator, Medicare Part D opioid mapping tool, and more!







A compilation of guidelines and resources to help pharmacist decision-making and improve communication with patients, such as clinical guidelines for the use of buprenorphine, warning signs related to prescribing and dispensing controlled substances, and medicines recommended for disposal by flushing. 






State and federal resources that includes news and government issued materials related to opioids, such as information regarding the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (updated July 6) and state prescription drug monitoring programs. 







A collection of training, webinars, and learning archives, including Pathways to Safer Opioid Use, an immersive, interactive training tool designed using opioid-related recommendations. Other resources discuss topics such as abuse deterrent formulations, care of patients with addiction, and the role of pharmacy in opioid therapeutics.  Continuing education credit is available for some of the trainings listed. 







September 18-24 is Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week and September is Pain Awareness Month! Looking for ways to get involved? This section highlights opportunities for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to connect with other professionals and to learn more about the U.S. Surgeon General's latest call to action regarding opioids.   







Various articles and research that discuss trends in prescription drug abuse, effectiveness and risks opioid treatment, abuse-deterrent formulations, buprenorphine and more!


September 13, 2016
September 13, 2016
With the number of cancer survivors increasing—almost 14 million in the United States—the prevalence of those patients experiencing pain has been...
New guidelines promote use of both nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments
August 30, 2016
August 30, 2016
September is Pain Awareness Month, and the key to raising awareness is to get involved. Pharmacists have a vital role in ensuring safe and effective...
American Chronic Pain Association urges health professionals to spread the word, talk to patients
August 06, 2016
August 25, 2016

Please contact Jenna Ventresca (jventresca@aphanet.org) with any comments, concerns, or suggested content. 

Supported by a grant from Purdue Pharma, L.P.