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Legal Obligations and Implications of Prescription Opioid Abuse:Pharmacists' Role and Responsibilities

Legal Obligations and Implications of Prescription Opioid Abuse:Pharmacists' Role and Responsibilities

Legal Obligations and Implications of Prescription Opioid Abuse:Pharmacists' Role and Responsibilities

James Wheeler, PharmD,  BCPS
James Wheeler, PharmD, BCPS
on behalf of Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC

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Legal Obligations and Implications of Prescription Opioid Abuse:Pharmacists' Role and Responsibilities
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Providing links to the related law (federal and state) would be very helpful

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Description

Prescription opiate abuse is a widespread epidemic and growing public health concern, as the death rate associated with opioid pain medication has risen substantially over the last decade. Along with the prescriber, pharmacists are legally responsible to ensure that a controlled substance prescription has been issued for a legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of the prescriber's professional practice. As part of the urgent response to the opiate epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for patients with chronic, non-palliative, non-cancer pain. In addition, 49 states have implemented prescription drug monitoring programs, which serve as valuable tools in identifying patients that are abusing their prescriptions. These updated guidelines and the legal issues in dispensing controlled substances require pharmacists to thoroughly understand the law and their role in curtailing this ongoing healthcare crisis. This educational activity features several real-life scenarios and important legal information that may be encountered by pharmacists that dispense prescription opiates, which will provide them with a better understanding of their responsibilities related to opiate dispensing and integrating current strategies for detection of prescription fraud and abuse.

Objectives

Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

-Identify strategies for pharmacists to detect prescription opioid abuse.
-Describe pharmacists' legal and ethical obligations when confronted with known or suspected drug abuse and diversion.
-Summarize regulatory actions and best practices to promote the effective use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs).
James Wheeler, PharmD,  BCPS

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James Wheeler, PharmD, BCPS
on behalf of Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC

James Wheeler, PharmD, BCPS Assistant Professor Clinical Pharmacy Director of Continuing Professional Development College of Pharmacy University of Tennessee Health Science Center Nashville, Tennessee

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • 0.50 Hours -
    Reference number: 0064-0000-16-230-H03-P

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Providing links to the related law (federal and state) would be very helpful

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