Addressing Addiction: Approaches for Your Patients


What’s a pharmacist’s role in combating substance misuse? This session dives deep to help you acquire strategies that you can use to address substance misuse with patients, provide educational resources, and refer patients to recovery assistance programs. Attendees will also learn a variety of pharmacological approaches to addiction therapy.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

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

  1. Discuss strategies to reduce diversion and illicit use of controlled substances, including medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder.
  2. Discuss how to effectively intervene in the care of a patient with a substance use disorder by providing education and referring to an appropriate treatment program.
  3. Describe the impact of brief interventions from health care providers and the barriers that patients face in seeking recovery options.
  4. Employ statements that can be used to express concern for patients with addiction and promote change behavior.
  5. Compare the effectiveness of various pharmacological approaches to addiction therapy.


Anita Jacobson, PharmD
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Rhode Island
Jake Nichols, Pharm.D., MBA
Owner & CEO
Strategic Recovery Resources
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Pharmacist Clinical Patient Care Services, Ambulatory Care, Early New Practitioner, Advanced New Practitioner
Session Time Slot(s): 
Friday, March 22
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Washington State Convention Center - Ballroom 6E
CEUs Pharmacist: .2
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