Opioid Stewardship: What, Why, and How

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-17-015-H04-P / 0204-0000-17-015-H04-T
Activity Date: May 9, 2017
Expiration Date: May 9, 2020
Activity Type: Knowledge-based  
CE Credits: 1.0 hour, no partial credit   
Activity Fee: Member – Free / Non-member – Not Available

Accreditation for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity.

Target Audience

This continuing pharmacy education activity is designed to meet the needs of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians responsible for managing opioid stewardship in various healthcare settings.

Activity Overview

The opioid epidemic coined a new term: Opioid Stewardship; but what exactly does this entail? This activity explores opioid stewardship and describes examples of pharmacists ensuring safe and effective use of opioids across various care settings.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this CPE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe opioid stewardship.
  • Describe the roles of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in opioid stewardship.
  • Discuss proper opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up and discontinuation.
  • Explain risk and address harms of opioid use.
  • Discuss a patient’s risk for opioid overdose and appropriateness for prescribing naloxone.

Schedule of Educational Activities

  • Review opioid risks and abuse.
  • Discuss strategies for patient assessment.

Faculty Information

  • Ernest Dole, Pharm.D., Ph.C., BCPS, FASHP, Clinical Pharmacist, University of New Mexico Pain Consultation and Treatment Center, Albuquerque, NM
  • Suzanne Nesbit, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPE, FCCP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain and Palliative Care, Department of Pharmacy, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • David Tsung, Pharm.D., BCACP, Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacist, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Everett, WA
  • Courtenay Wilson, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, CDE, CPP, Associate Director of Pharmacotherapy, Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, Mountain Area Health Education Center, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Asheville, NC


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, ASHP requires that all individuals involved in the development of activity content disclose their relevant financial relationships. A person has a relevant financial relationship if the individual of his or her spouse/partner has a financial relationship (e.g. employee, consultant, research grant recipient, speakers bureau, or stockholder) in any amount occurring the in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services may be discussed in the educational activity content over which the individual has control. The existence of these relationships is provided for the information of participants and should not be assumed to have an adverse impact on the content.

In keeping with this requirement, ASHP ask that all faculty, advisory board members, planning committee members, content development consultants, and staff complete a disclosure form for each program in which they are involved. Anyone who refuses to disclose relevant financial relationships must be disqualified from any involvement with a continuing pharmacy education activity.

  • Faculty, planner, ASHP Staff and consultants report no relevant financial relationships pertinent to this activity.

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of recorded faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the entire activity and complete all the required components to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts to claim and view or print the statement of credit immediately or within 60 days of completing the activity.

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned.

System Technical Requirements

System Requirements Courses and learning activities are delivered via your Web browser and Acrobat PDF.  Users should have a basic comfort level using a computer and navigating web sites.

View the minimum technical and system requirements for learning activities.