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Opioids play an important role in the management of moderate-to-severe pain and the use of opioid medications has steadily increased over the past few decades. With the growing use of opioids, there has been a correlating increase in opioid abuse, diversion, and misuse. To combat opioid abuse, a multifaceted approach is needed that can include the use of abuse-deterrent formulations (ADFs). ADFs can employ various technologies, such as physical/chemical barriers to prevent crushing or extraction, as well as the use of an agonist/antagonist combination that neutralizes the opioid effect if manipulated. Though the use of ADFs can be an important component in ensuring the responsible use of opioids, the incorporation of ADFs into pain management decisions will require a thorough understanding of the available formulations, including the technologies utilized, dosing for optimal effectiveness, and safety considerations. This program will review the burden of opioid abuse in today’s society while providing an overview of the current and emerging ADF technologies. This program will also highlight the role of pharmacists in guiding pain management decisions as part of an interprofessional healthcare team.
Speaker: Gregory Holmquist, PharmD, LTC Elderly Pain Consultant
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Learners participating in the program will be able at its conclusion to: