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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!

Newly added December 2016: CDC Opioid Guide Mobile App

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

Newly added March 2017:  Naloxone Supplement (Journal of the American Pharmacists Association)

 

 

 

 

State and federal resources that includes news and government issued materials related to opioids, such as The National Pain Strategy (released April 2017), and information regarding 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, naloxone, and the role of pharmacy in opioid therapeutics.  Continuing education credit is available for some of the trainings listed. 

Newly added March 2017: Prescribetoprevent.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

OPIOID NEWS
July 18, 2017
July 18, 2017
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Pharmacists treat psychiatric patients and those with substance use disorders
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May 26, 2017
May 26, 2017
With so much attention directed toward preventing and curtailing prescription opioid abuse, pharmacists should be careful not to miss the signs of...
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May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017
Opioid use during pregnancy may be linked to various birth defects, but much of the research published in the literature is older, flawed in...
Literature review calls for stronger studies in light of current opioid crisis
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Please contact Jenna Ventresca (jventresca@aphanet.org) with any comments, concerns, or suggested content.