Available Until 6/18/2025

A Compassionate Approach to Acute Opioid Withdrawal

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-22-049-H01-P/T
Release Date: June 18, 2022
Expiration Date: June 18, 2025
Activity Type: Knowledge-based
CE Credits:  0.25 contact hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee: Member – Free / Non-Member – Not Available 

Activity Overview 

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians treating patients using opioids often lack knowledge in how to deal with patients experiencing opioid withdrawal.  As a result of this lack of knowledge, pharmacists and technicians find it difficult to employ effective practice strategies to treat withdrawal. With the most current information and strategies, pharmacists and technicians can gain greater confidence and comfort in improving the care of opioid patients experiencing withdrawal.

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

These activities were planned to meet the educational needs of individuals working in acute care settings who encounter patients experiencing acute opioid withdrawal as well as those in the outpatient setting in addictions clinics assisting with long-term recovery.

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

  • Identify the common signs and symptoms of acute opioid withdrawal.
  • Describe the various modalities available for attenuating the severity of acute opioid withdrawal symptoms.
  • Select pharmacotherapy to treat acute opioid withdrawal based on patient-specific variables . 

  • Introduction and Announcements 

  • Presentation  

Chris Herndon, PharmD, BCACP, CPE
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy  

Koehl, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine Clinical Specialist
Massachusettes General Hospital

Nesheim, PharmD, BCPS
EM Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at MercyOne
Des Moines, IA 

In accordance with our accreditor’s Standards of Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, ASHP requires that all individuals in control of content disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if they have had a financial relationship with an ineligible company in any dollar amount in the past 24 months and the educational content that the individual controls is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. 

An ineligible company is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The presence or absence of relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience. 

  • No one in control of the content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship (RFR) with an ineligible company. 

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned. Once you have processed and claimed your CE credit, we encourage you to check your NABP eProfile account to verify your credits were transferred successfully before the ACPE 60-day deadline. It is an electronic direct-report process so your credits should appear in your account within a few minutes. After the 60 day deadline, ASHP will no longer be able to report your credit(s) for this activity.