Board Recertification Intensive Studies: Nonmedical Use of Prescription Opioids by Adolescents and Young Adults: Strategies for Pharmacists


The recent surge in opioid misuse among adolescents and young adults leaves everyone probing what can be done to help. Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to answer the call, recognize opioid use disorder, spot the symptoms of withdrawal and overdose, and manage detoxification and medication-assisted recovery. Using real-world examples and audience response technology, participants will be challenged to apply evidence-based screening techniques to patient cases involving opioid use disorder. Leave with specific strategies to apply immediately in your practice.

Select Intensive Studies for Recertification 2018 when you register for APhA2018  to purchase the intensive studies exam for BPS recertification credit. Cost: $50.00

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

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

  1. Assess an adolescent or young adult patient case using appropriate screening tools for opioid misuse or opioid use disorder and determine whether brief intervention or referral for treatment is needed.
  2. Develop a treatment approach for detoxification and medication-assisted recovery in an adolescent or young adult with opioid use disorder.
  3. Recommend co-prescribing of naloxone with a prescription opioid. 
  4. Provide caregiver training on naloxone administration.
  5. Recommend school- and home-based opioid misuse prevention strategies for adolescent and young adult patients and their families.

Joint Providership

This activity is approved for board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist (BCACP) recertification credit and was jointly developed and provided by APhA and ASHP.

Kelly Matson,
Jeffrey Bratberg, PHARMD
Clinical Professor
University of Rhode Island
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Clinical Patient Care and Services, Board Recertification
Session Time Slot(s): 
Sunday, March 18
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Music City Center - Room 101A-B
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-9999-18-009-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.15
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