Addiction Dos and Don'ts

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Helping patients with addiction is no easy task. Compared with those who have other health conditions, people with addiction are less likely to even recognize their illness or understand the risks of going untreated. But even brief interventions from health care providers have proven effective for encouraging these patients to seek treatment.

Learning Level: 2
Activity Type:  Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists

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

1. Discuss the epidemiology and pathophysiology of opioid use disorders

2. Discuss cultural factors, health disparities related to substance use disorder, particularly in vulnerable populations

3. Identify contributing factors to difficult conversations and detect barriers to care

4. Demonstrate motivational interviewing techniques to help navigate difficult conversations with patients, health care providers, and the public

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 1 contact hour of CPE credit (0.1 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-19-283-H04-P.

To obtain credit for completing Addiction Dos and Don'ts, complete the learning activity, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript. 

Initial release date: October 21, 2019

Expiration date: October 21, 2022


Addiction Dos and Don'ts is an online educational activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


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

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 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.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-19-283-H04-P 0.1 CEUs October 21, 2019 - October 21, 2022