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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), President Obama's additional efforts to address prescription opioid and heroin epidemic (announced July 6), and state prescription drug monitoring programs. 







A collection of training, webinars, and learning archives, including presentations from the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, that 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. 







Highlights varied opportunities for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to easily connect with other professionals through conferences, mentoring programs, and special interest groups. 







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


July 25, 2016
July 25, 2016
President Barack Obama has signed sweeping legislation aimed at tackling the nation’s opioid addiction crisis. The Comprehensive Addiction and...
Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act recognizes pharmacists as key players in fight against the opioid epidemic
June 21, 2016
June 21, 2016
The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates adopted a resolution encouraging a larger role for pharmacists in efforts to expand access...
AMA’s House of Delegates adopts policies
May 17, 2016
May 17, 2016
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a package of 18 bills dealing with opioid misuse and abuse. A joint conference committee will be...
Final version of legislative package expected to reach the president’s desk this summer

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