Pathways to Safer Opioid Use

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The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has partnered with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to offer free continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit for this eLearning course. 

Activity Type: Application-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists & Pharmacist Technicians
Learning Level: Level 2

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the pharmacist will be able to:

1. Apply health literacy strategies to help patients understand and act on information to prevent opioid-related adverse drug events
2. Identify individual risk factors, opioid medications, and interactions that place individuals with chronic pain at increased risk for opioid-related adverse drug events
3. Recognize the importance of a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to treating patients with chronic pain
4. Demonstrate the ability to combine the principles of the Health Literate Care Model and the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain management through case study examples

Accreditation Information 

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This home study activity is accredited for 1.0 contact hour (0.10 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit.  The ACPE Universal Activity Number is 0202-0000-17-249-H01-P/T.

Program Completion Requirements

To earn continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit and/or a Certificate of Completion, participants must meet all the following requirements:

  •   Complete the program as each of the four personas (pharmacist, physician, nurse, patient), submit the assessment and evaluation.
  •   Achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher.

To obtain credit, the participant must CLAIM credit once each module is completed. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE Monitor for your transcript. A Certificate of Completion will be available online for immediate printing upon successful completion of program requirements.

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education examination. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the examination a third time. All exam questions are randomized and may not appear in the same order as printed. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is to not release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. 

Initial Release Date: October 9, 2017 

Expiration Date: October 9, 2020  


Pathways to Safer Opioid Use” was developed by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and has been reviewed and accredited by the American Pharmacists Association.


Faculty and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, please visit the APhA website at

Activity Fee

There is no fee for this live activity. 

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-17-249-H01-P 0.1 CEUs October 09, 2017 - October 09, 2020
ACPE# 0202-0000-17-249-H01-T 0.1 CEUs October 09, 2017 - October 09, 2020