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Pennsylvania Opioid Guidelines – What Health Care Teams Need to Know

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Pennsylvania Opioid Guidelines – What Health Care Teams Need to Know






Target Audience: Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians


Opioid use and abuse is a major public health concern in Pennsylvania. To fully address this problem, it will take a collaborative approach to prescribing, monitoring, and educating the patients and families that we serve. This continuing education program is a collaboration between numerous groups including the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and others.

Program Objectives: At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

1. Name two reasons why you should care about the guidelines.
2. Identify why the guidelines were created.
3. Indicate how the Pennsylvania guidelines make it simple to prescribe.
4. Identify four separate guidelines addressing opioid prescriptions.
5. List state opioid prescribing limitations.
6. Identify statistics associated with opioid related deaths.
7. Identify components of the guidelines that are used to prescribe opioids.
8. List how the guidelines can help benefit prescribers.
9. Recall the goal of the task force.
10. List ED key provisions.
11. Recognize red flags in the ED.
12. Identify concepts of the PA controlled substances database.
13. Describe how pharmacists can query the database.
14. Describe responsibilities associated with opioid use as a pain treatment in dental care.
15. List key practices on the prescribing of opioids in the dental practice.


Cost: Free for PPA Members; $39 for Non-Members


CE Credit: 1 hour (0.1 CEU)


UANs: 0159-9999-15-090-H01-P & 0159-9999-15-090-H01-T


Requirements to Receive CE Credit: View the entire module, complete an evaluation survey, and pass a short quiz (minimum 70%). CPE Monitor ID and birthday must be provided or on file with PPA.


Release Date: December 29, 2015

Expiration Date: December 29, 2018
Activity Type: Knowledge-based


Planners and Faculty:

Michael Ashburn, MD

David Blunk

Lorraine Bock, CRNP

James Boyle, DDS

Benjamin Carr, MPAS, PA-C

Mary Jo Cerepani, DNP

Scot Chadwick, JD

Michael Consuelos, MD

Mike Davis

Susan DeSantis, PA-C

Patricia Epple

Cynthia Ferrari, PA-C

Thomas Franko, PharmD

Michael Fraser, PhD

Katherine Galluzzi, DO

Gus Gerraci, MD

Joseph Gershey, DPM

John Goldman, MD

Donna Hazel, RPh

Leslie Howell

Erik Huet

Camille Kostelac-Cherry

Rachel Levine, MD

Bruce MacLeod, MD

Ken Martz

Angie Mays, MD

Aislyn Moyer, RN

Sonia Reich, CRNP

Jan Reisinger

Ben Reynolds, PA-C

Cheri Rinehart

Angela Rupert

Susan Schrand, CRNP

Daneen Schroder

Patricia Sweeney, PhD, CRNP

David Talenti, MD

Gary Tennis

Michael Young, FACHE


The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


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