APhA Pain Institute: Bridging the Gap Between Pain Management and Drug Diversion (pre-registration required)


Addiction has sometimes been viewed as a character disorder, a poor upbringing, or parental neglect. Now, emerging science shows addiction to be a brain disease with the same genetic transmutability as many other chronic diseases. This new evidence is helping to alleviate the stigma associated with addiction, but challenges remain, especially when patients with addiction have comorbid pain conditions. There is a well-known clinical gap in knowledge regarding the management of pain in patients who have either mental or behavioral health disorders. It is imperative that clinical pharmacists be at the forefront of providing ongoing education on the appropriate use of opioid medications in patients with behavioral health conditions, while also advocating for the expanded implementation of opioid overdose strategies. During this session, addiction experts will describe the concept of addiction as a chronic disease and explain how this affects treatment paradigms, including strategies for addressing pain management in patients recovering from addiction. 

Pre-registration is required; click here to register.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

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

  1. Define the following terms: physical dependence, tolerance, active addiction, recovery, and substance abuse.
  2. Describe methods to treat opioid use disorder while concurrently treating pain.
  3. List tools that assist providers in determining pain levels in patients who are recovering from addiction and explain how the information from these tools can be utilized when selecting an appropriate analgesic regimen.
  4. Discuss strategies that can be implemented by providers to ensure effective pain management for patients in addiction recovery, including opioid treatment agreements and opioid regimen selection. 
Ted Parran, MD
Isabel and Carter Wang Professor and Chair in Medical Education
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Learning Level: Level 1
Track: APhA Pain Institute
Session Time Slot(s): 
Thursday, March 15
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Music City Center - Room 107A-B
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-18-081-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.1
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