Addiction Medicine: Part 1: Opioids and Other Scheduled Drug Classes

About the Course:
Addiction is a brain disorder that creates a large burden on both patients and society as a whole. Pharmacists play an important role in identifying and managing patients who are at risk of abusing or addicted to opioids, stimulants, and/or benzodiazepines. Medications can assist in quitting the use of certain substances, and pharmacists are in a key position to recommend appropriate therapy based on patient factors and comorbidities. Many patients will require more than one attempt at quitting, and pharmacy professionals can offer motivation and support during this difficult time. This course will offer insight into the impact of substance use disorders in the United States and help pharmacists identify patients suffering from these diseases. After completing this course, pharmacists will have an understanding of the available treatments for addiction to opioids, stimulants, and benzodiazepines.
“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.”
Course Objectives:
  • Describe the causes of addiction and diagnosis of substance use disorders.
  • Identify risk factors and assess a patient with opioid use disorder. 3. Review the pharmacologic management of opioid use disorder by pharmacists, including medically supervised withdrawal and medication assisted treatment.
  • Discuss the use of naloxone in overdose management and patient/caregiver counseling tips for responding to an opioid overdose.
  • Describe the assessment, withdrawal symptoms and treatment of patients with stimulant use disorder and benzodiazepine use disorder.
About the Author:
Katie Blair, Pharm.D., RPh, is a pharmacist and freelance writer specializing in pharmacy education. She works as a consultant pharmacist in Vancouver, Washington, serving long-term care facilities in the area. Dr. Blair also has over six years of experience working as a staff pharmacist at a community pharmacy in Seattle. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2009 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Dr. Blair has done freelance work writing and revising continuing education programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses, as well as writing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams.
Activity Type - Knowledge-based
Target Audience - Pharmacists


  • 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.
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  • 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.

Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. (Provider #0607).