Addiction Medicine: When Patients Can’t “Just Quit”


About the Course:
This course will offer insight into the impact of substance use disorders in the United States and help pharmacy professionals identify patients suffering from these diseases. After completing this course, pharmacy professionals will understand the pharmacologic treatments for addiction to opioids, alcohol, and tobacco. The course will discuss the mechanisms, dosing, major side effects and drug interactions, and patient counseling points for these medications.

“This course will [partially] fulfill the DEA-mandated 8 hours of training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders for DEA licensees renewing on or after June 27, 2023.”

Learning Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 

  • Describe the economic and societal burdens created by addiction.
  • Identify patients presenting with opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder or tobacco use disorder using the DSM-5 criteria for diagnosis.
  • List the various pharmacological therapies used during the withdrawal phase.
  • Compose a plan for incorporating naloxone pharmacist-consult agreements into practice.
  • Discuss the current FDA-approved therapies for opioid use disorder and determine the best treatment option based on recent guidelines and patient factors.
  • Compare and contrast the FDA-approved therapies for alcohol use disorder.
  • Assess a patient’s readiness to change and devise a plan for smoking cessation when needed.
  • Review the psychosocial interventions used in treating addiction.

About the Author:
Melanie Padgett, PharmD, earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University. She has been a community pharmacist for seven years and has experience writing for medical education companies.  She has completed additional training in immunizations, pain management, and diabetes.

How to receive credit:

  • A minimum test score of 75 percent is needed to obtain a credit.

Activity Type - Knowledge-based

Target Audience - Pharmacists, Pharmacists Technicians


  • Contact hours will be awarded through the expiration date.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and have your record of completion submitted through CPE Monitor and to the NABP.
  • Through our review process, Colibri Healthcare, LLC ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Colibri Healthcare, LLC's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.