APhA launches opioid resource center

APhA announced Tuesday it is launching a resource center to serve as a one-stop shop for pharmacists interested in learning more about opioid use.

APhA announced Tuesday it is launching a resource center to serve as a one-stop shop for pharmacists interested in learning more about opioid use. The resource center will help educate pharmacists by identifying learning opportunities, highlighting clinical and patient resources, and identifying tools that are useful when working with patients who are prescribed opioids. "APhA is committed to combating the opioid crisis in America but acknowledges the importance of patients’ legitimate access to opioids," said Jenna Ventresca, APhA associate director, health policy and site administrator for the resource center. "We do this through thought leadership on shaping public policy and by identifying tools to help foster the pharmacist-patient relationship." APhA pledged last year to launch the resource center as part of the Obama Administration's effort to curb the prescription drug and heroin crisis. "The resource center has been developed to provide a balanced approach to pain management," Ventresca said. "APhA is keenly aware that millions of patients have legitimate reasons to have access to controlled substances. The resource center helps empower pharmacists to take steps to minimize misuse and abuse."