Breaking Free in the ED: Using Alternative Pain Management Options to Confront the Opioid Crisis

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-17-020-H04-P
Activity Date: July 12, 2017
Expiration Date: July 12, 2020
Activity Type: Knowledge-based  
CE Credits: 1.0 hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee: Member – Free / Non-member – N/A  

Accreditation for Pharmacists

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 for pharmacists practicing in the emergency department or other acute care areas that wish to avoid opioid agents for analgesia.

Activity Overview

There is currently an opioid epidemic across the United States and emergency departments are on the front lines in the prevention of opioid abuse and misuse. This session will focus on the current opioid epidemic and incorporating the use of non-opioid analgesics and non-pharmacologic options to treat pain in the emergency department, using the ALTO approach. This session will also discuss the assessment and implementation of an opioid reduction protocol.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the current opioid epidemic and the need for decreasing opioid use.
  • Discuss how to treat different pain indications using the ALTO approach.
  • Identify non-pharmacologic and opioid-sparing options to pain control.
  • Explain the safe use of novel alternative agents in pain.
  • Discuss if an opioid reduction protocol is appropriate for your emergency department

Schedule of Educational Activities

  • Discuss alternative pain options for patients.
  • Discuss opportunities for pharmacists when discussing opioid use.

Faculty Information

  • Rachael W. Duncan, Pharm.D., FCCP, Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, CO
  • David E. Zimmerman, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice/Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist,Duquesne University,Pittsburgh, PA


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

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