APhA Pain Management Forum (Home Study)

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Hear national experts discuss current perspectives regarding best practices for chronic pain management. Presentations focus on nonopioid interventions, options for individualizing therapy, strategies to improve care for patients who are receiving opioids without benefit and approaches to effectively collaborate with other providers to ensure proper management of pain. 

Learning Level: 2
Activity Type: Knowledge-based & Application-based
Target Audience: Community pharmacists

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

Finding Grace: An Overview of Addiction and Recovery
1. Compare healthy shame and unhealthy shame.
2. Identify diseases that can result from the neurochemical changes associated with anger and shame and treatments for these diseases.
3. Describe the utility of 12-step principles as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment and recovery program and how these principles can help patients avoid unhealthy shame cycles.
4. Describe how pharmacists can use the principles of healthy and unhealthy shame in assisting patients who are in recovery or struggling with the disease of addiction.

Bridging the Gap Between Pain Management and Drug Diversion
1. Describe the following terms: physical dependence, tolerance, active addition, recover and substance abuse.
2. Describe methods to treat opioid use disorder while concurrently treating pain.
3. List tools that assist providers in determining pain levels in patients who are recovering from addiction and explain how the information from these tools can be utilized when selecting an appropriate analgesic regimen.
4. Discuss strategies that can be implemented by providers to ensure effective pain management for patients in addition recovery, including opioid treatment agreements and opioid regimen selection.

Chronic Pain Management: Best Practices and Clinical Pearls
1. Discuss best practices and clinical pearls for providing care for patients needed chronic pain management.

Opioid Alternatives: The Roles and Risks of NSAIDs in Pain Management
1. Explain the role of non-opioid medications in effective pain management strategies
2. Discuss the evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors.
3. Describe additional comorbidities that pharmacists need to be aware of when recommending NSAIDs as alternatives to opioids for pain management.

Using Brief Interventions in a Busy Pharmacy Setting
1. Describe the screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment approach for patients with substance abuse disorders.
2. Describe the impact of brief interventions from health care providers on whether patients seek treatment for addiction.
3. Implement the use of brief interventions in pharmacy practice.

Naloxone: Understanding Its Role and Use in the Community
1. Describe validated tools and practice-based methods to assess the risk for opioid-induced respiratory depression.
2. Identify models for overdose education and naloxone distribution that are applicable to various practice settings
3. Describe strategies to overcome some of the barriers to implementing overdose education and naloxone distribution.
4. Summarize and demonstrate essential patient/caregiver overdose education elements for community health care settings.
5. Explain evolving state laws regarding options for pharmacists to prescribe and/or dispense naloxone under collaborative practice agreements, protocols and standing orders.

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following activity is approved for 6.5 contact hours of CPE credit (0.65 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-18-161-H04-P

To obtain credit for completing APhA Pain Management Forum (Home Study), watch the archived webinars, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript. 

Initial release date: June 7, 2018

Expiration date: June 7, 2020 


APhA Pain Management Forum (Home Study) is an online educational activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


Joseph Cammilleri, PharmD, BCACP, CPE declares he is a consultant for Daiichi-Sankyo and is a relief pharmacist for Walmart.

Merrill Norton, PharmD, DPh, ICCDP-D has a spouse that is employed by Walmart.

Chris Herndon, PharmD, CPE; Jake Nichols, PharmD, MBA; Anita N. Jacobson, PharmD; 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, visit the APhA website at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Director of Content Development at the American Pharmacists Association. 


There is no fee associated with this member only activity. 

System Requirements

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