APhA Pain Institute - Ask the Experts: Managing Opioid Tapering (pre-registration required)


Not all patients benefit from opioid use. Some may benefit from opioid dose tapering, conversions, or discontinuation entirely. These situations can be challenging for clinicians to manage. When should a patient’s opioids be tapered and what is the protocol in such instances? What type of situations warrant a physician to stop writing opioid prescriptions for a patient altogether? Come to this interactive session to hear pain management experts explore patient-centered opioid management through a series of complex cases.

This session is part of the new APhA Pain Institute offering a full day of interactive sessions and exciting debates addressing how to prevent opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose while managing pain. Pre-registration is required; click here for more information and registration.


Pharmacist Learning Objectives

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

  1. Discuss clinical considerations prior to developing an opioid tapering regimen.
  2. Formulate a care plan that encompasses a safe opioid tapering regimen for patients with both chronic and acute pain.
  3. Explain opioid conversion strategies when developing an opioid tapering regimen.
  4. Discuss patient-specific factors that warrant adjustments to an opioid tapering regimen.
Jeffrey Fudin, BPHARM, PHARMD
Lynn Webster,
VP of Presidential Affairs
PRA Health Sciences
Learning Level: Level 3
Track: Clinical Patient Care and Services
Session Time Slot(s): 
Friday, March 24
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Moscone - Esplanade 302
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-17-028-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: .15
Activity Type: