59 1/2 Minutes Feature: Tough Talk About Substance Misuse

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The good news: America’s attitude toward substance use disorder, treatment, and recovery is improving. Still, conversations between providers and patients or family caregivers around substance use disorders can be difficult and uncomfortable. In this webinar, you will hear from a behavioral health clinician and primary care specialist who examines the many faces of substance use disorder. You will also learn strategies for screening, destigmatizing the condition, and starting those difficult but necessary conversations. This was originally part of APhA Pain Institute 2020.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the patient’s perspective of the experience of substance use disorder. 
  2. Use effective communication skills to destigmatize substance use disorder.
  3. Discuss strategies for pharmacists to screen for substance use disorder.
  4. Demonstrate how pharmacists can engage in effective conversations with patients who have a substance use disorder. 

Activity type: Application-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists
Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following archived webinar is approved for 1 contact hour of CPE credit (0.10 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-20-005-H08-P

To obtain credit for completing 59 1/2 Minutes Feature: Tough Talk about Substance Misuse, participants will need to watch the archived webinar, 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.    

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: April 1, 2020
Expiration date: March 19, 2023 - No credit granted after this date


59 1/2 Minutes Feature: Tough Talk about Substance Misuse is an activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2020 American Pharmacists Association


Dr. Anita Jacobson serves as the principal investigator on a Rural Opioid Technical Assistance grant from SAMHSA: TI082562-01

Drs. Anita Jacobson and Sarah Melton 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, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association. 


This learning product is a component of the APhA2020 Virtual Education package and this was part of APhA Pain Institute 2020.

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# 0202-0000-20-005-H08-P 0.1 CEUs March 19, 2020 - March 19, 2023