0798-0000-20-216-H08-P (for Pharmacists): November/December (2.0 Contact Hours)

We live in an “Opioid Crisis” where someone dies approximately every 7 minutes from drug overdose. So
just how do we end this “Opioid Crisis”, or at least, how do we as healthcare professionals contribute to
the progress of moving society in the right direction? In this monograph, we will review overall pain
management etiology; risk reduction strategies (psychological and opioid risk screenings, urine drug
monitoring, etc.), numerous non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment options (with particular
attention on opioid medications), opioid overdose reversal treatments; along with not only how to identify
drug seeking and diversion behaviors, but possible actions to take when the behaviors are suspected. The
Florida PDMP known as E-FORCSE will of course also be discussed for its expected impact on adherence
and diversion. We will also review Federal and Florida specific controlled substance laws and trends such
as controlled substance classifications, prescribing authorities, the 2018 Florida Statue Update, the
naloxone standing order, and DEA Red Flags. Unlike opioids, this monograph is intended to open one’s
eyes, elevate blood pressure and/or heart rate, and increase cognition!