APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders 2019

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The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is excited to offer our 5th annual session of the APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders.  The schedule will be the same as this past year with the official start time of 6:00 pm on the evening of Wednesday, May 29th and running through noon on Sunday, June 2nd.

The APhA Institute hopes to carry the message forward and provide pharmacists, student pharmacists, and the profession with resources, information, and guidance regarding addiction education. It is our hope that the Institute will help you redefine your views on the disease of addiction and serve as a catalyst to help increase the awareness of health and social problems related to alcoholism and other drug dependencies.

Learning Level: 1
Activity Type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Those individuals who are developing, or who are currently active in state-level pharmacist recovery programs; for state and national pharmacy association executives; for state board of pharmacy officials; for pharmacists in administrative positions; for college faculty and administrators; for pharmacists and student pharmacists; for leaders in firms or organizations that employ pharmacists; for pharmacy technicians; for pharmacist-related employee assistance program personnel; and for individuals who are concerned about alcoholism and other drug dependencies among their colleagues.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, the pharmacist will be able to:

  1. Define addiction and explain its acceptance in the medical profession as a disease.
  2. Explain pharmacology and pathophysiology of addiction.
  3. Describe and participate in 12-step programs and other programs available to assist those who want to be free from addiction.
  4. Design intervention strategies and techniques to help others break through the denial of addiction through lecture and role-play sessions.
  5. Develop strategies to assist recovering abusers re-enter the pharmacy profession and recommend ways to monitor them and help them avoid relapse.
  6. Develop an understanding of the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs on college campuses and the importance of assisting impaired students.
  7. Name the unique problems of pain management in recovering addicts.
  8. Summarize the legal and ethical implications of addiction.
  9. Justify the importance of self-care in order to succeed in a helping profession.

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). The following program is approved for 17.0 contact hours of CPE credit (1.70 CEUs).

To obtain CPE credit for any of the program’s sessions, learners must complete the assessment, participate in the session(s), complete the evaluation for each session attended and CLAIM credit for each. An attendance code and further instructions will be provided during each session. Participants need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After your credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

0202-0000-19-155-L01-P The Neuroscience of Addiction: Implications for Health Professionals  2.0
0202-0000-19-156-L04-P Navigating  Through the Culture of Recovery 1.0
0202-0000-19-157-L04-P Sick of Shame: The Unhealthy Guilt of Addiction  1.0
0202-0000-19-158-L01-P MAT  to Rescue: How to Break Barriers for Opioid Use Disorder 1.5
0202-0000-19-159-L01-P Creating Safe Places and Practices: A Guide to Rescue Naloxone Use and Overdose Education  1.0
0202-0000-19-160-L01-P Drug  Over Dose Trends in the ED: Opportunities for Prevention and Intervention      1.5
0202-0000-19-161-L01-P Medical  Cannabis: Benefits, Risks, and Applications 1.75
0202-0000-19-162-L01-P Pain Management in Active Recovery: How Pharmacists Can Help  1.5
0202-0000-19-163-L04-P Bridging  the Gap: Integrating Family Therapy in Addiction Counseling  1.25
0202-0000-19-164-L04-P Collaboration  for Success: How Pharmacists Team Up to Prevent Diversion 1.5
0202-0000-19-165-L01-P 5  Steps to discontinuing Opioids: Having conversations to de-escalate, discontinue or reduce of opioids 1.5
0202-0000-19-166-L01-P The  Experts Debate: Controversial Topics in Addiction and Recovery 1.5

Non-CPE Sessions 

Opening Session: The APhA Institute Experience

Introduction to the 12-Steps / AA

Al-Anon Open Meeting

Narcotics Anonymous Open Meeting

Careers in Addiction Education / Training

Alcoholics Anon Open Meeting

Generation Rx Workshop 

Closing 12-Step Meeting – Carrying the Message

Closing Session: Developing Positive Personal Power


Anita Jacobson, PharmD

Felicity Homsted, PharmD, MBA

Jake Nichols, PharmD, MBA

Jeffery Gold, MD, PhD

Jon Sprague, RPh, PhD

Jeremy Bair, PharmD, BCPS

Jerry Moe

Kari Franson, PharmD, PhD

Lee Kral, PharmD

Merrill Norton, PharmD, DPh, ICCDP-D

Ted Parran, Jr., MD, FACP


APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders 2019 is a live/virtual continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


APhA’s editorial staff declares 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 www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures.  All speaker disclosures will be made available the day of the session. 

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