Opioid Use and Misuse Resource Center

APhA believes it is imperative that a proper balance be maintained in delivering appropriate pain management for the millions of patients with legitimate needs for controlled substances while taking steps to minimize misuse.  Pharmacists possess unique knowledge about the safe and effective use of medications and about the adverse events resulting from inappropriate use. Such knowledge enables pharmacists to play an important role in patient access to opioids, but also opioid drug misuse prevention, education, and assistance.  


Interactive tools and recent publications that can be used regularly or referenced to help pharmacists treat patients using opioids. Includes APhA-developed resources to help clarify Part D opioid-related edits, CDC Pocket Guide: Tapering Opioids for Chronic Pain, Medicare Part D opioid mapping tool, and more!

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Clinical and Patient Resources

A compilation of resources to help pharmacist decision-making and improve communication with patients, such as clinical guidelines for the use of buprenorphine, warning signs related to prescribing and dispensing controlled substances, and medicines recommended for disposal by flushing.

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State and Federal Developments

Resources that reflect developments regarding federal and state responses to the opioid epidemic, such as the Surgeon General's Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose.

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Training and Webinars

A collection of training, webinars, and learning archives, including Pathways to Safer Opioid Use (free, CPE credit), an immersive, interactive training tool designed using opioid-related recommendations. Other resources discuss topics such as abuse deterrent formulations, care of patients with addiction, naloxone, and the role of pharmacy in opioid therapeutics. Continuing education credit is available for some of the trainings listed.

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Looking for ways to get involved? This section highlights opportunities for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to connect with other professionals.

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