Available Until 8/20/2025

Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO)

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-22-046-H01-P
Release Date: August 20, 2022
Expiration Date: August 20, 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 in almost all specialties are involved in treating a variety of pain conditions.  Many pharmacists are often unaware of how to develop multimodal pain management strategies that minimize the use of opioid agents. As a result, pharmacists may fall short how to optimize analgesia, improve health-related quality of life, and prevent the development of chronic pain with appropriate treatment. With greater knowledge of alternatives to opioids, pharmacists can play a key role in the selection, initiation, and dose-titration of analgesic agents. 

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 care teams who manage acute and chronic pain in the inpatient and ambulatory care setting.

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

  • Describe a comprehensive plan for the management of acute and chronic pain using a multimodal pain management strategy.
  • Define and describe opioid stewardship practices.
  • Explain the advantages of utilizing a multi-modal pain management approach with non-opioid agents. 

  • Introduction and Announcements 

  • Presentation  

Megan Musselman, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCCCP
Emergency Medicine Pharmacist; PGY2 EM Residency Program Director
North Kansas City Hospital
North Kansas City, MO 

Jenny Koehl, PharmD, BCPS - presenter
Attending Emergency Medicine Pharmacist
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts 

Norman Pillsbury, PharmD, BCPS - presenter
Assistant Director of Pharmacy
Orange Park Medical Center
2001 Kingsley Avenue
Orange Park, FL 


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. 

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