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Rising Overdose Deaths Call for Action: Naloxone Saves Lives

The opioid crisis has persisted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and there has been an increase in overdose related deaths. Naloxone, with its increased availability and a variety of administration methods, is a major strategy to prevent deaths from overdose. This module will provide a brief history and overview of the severity of the opioid epidemic, and review common opioids. The review of available methods to administer naloxone, and the availability of a standing order (in Massachusetts) will equip pharmacists to take action helping patients and the communities they serve.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the progression of the opioid epidemic in the U.S.
  • Identify medications indicated for opioid use disorder
  • Explain the proper use of naloxone
  • Explain the application of standing order in MA

Presenter

Alexandria Nudo, PharmD, is a first-year clinical operations postdoctoral fellow in translational clinical oncology (TCO) at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research based in Cambridge, MA. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she attained her PharmD in May 2021. During pharmacy school, she worked as a pharmacy intern at Walgreens and Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Vishva Patel, PharmD, is a first-year Regulatory Affairs fellow at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research based in Cambridge, MA. She graduated from MCPHS where she attained her PharmD in May 2018. She worked as a regulatory professional prior to her fellowship in medical devices at Ethicon Inc.

Fellowship mentor: Phung On, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Registration Fee: This module is provided free of charge.


Release Date: July 14, 2022
Expiration Date: July 14, 2023
ACPE UAN: 0026-0000-22-007-H01-P | Knowledge
Topic Designator: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy
Contact Hours: 0.5 (0. 05 CEU)

Accreditation

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences designates this activity for a total of .5 contact hour (0.05 CEU).

Requirements for Credit

In order to receive credit, the participant must view the entire presentation and complete the pre and post-tests, and evaluation form. Upon completion, participant credit will be reported to CPE Monitor. Transcripts may be printed from CPE Monitor.

Statement of Disclosure

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences adheres to the ACPE Standards for Integrity and Independence in Continuing Education. It is the policy of MCPHS that the speakers and planning committee members disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies within the last 24 months, and that relevant conflicts of interest are mitigated. Speakers will disclose any off-label/unapproved use of drugs or devices during their presentation.

Alexandria Nudo and Vishva Patel do not hold relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Fellowship mentor, Phung On, does not hold relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Continuing Education staff members hold no financial relationships with ineligible companies, related to the content of this presentation.

No funding from industry provided for this event. No exhibitors will be present.