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“Acute Management of Nonprescription Drug Overdose”

HealthTrust presents…“Acute Management of Nonprescription Drug Overdose”


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Drug overdose and subsequent poisoning can happen from accidental ingestion, therapeutic use or intentional overdose. Drug overdose deaths rose by 51% from 2019 to 2021 with more than 106,000 drug overdose deaths reported in 2021. In 2021, U.S. poison centers were contacted regarding 310,263 patients who were being treated in health care facilities for potential toxicity from pharmaceutical drugs. Various widely available over-the-counter (OTC) medications also have the potential for causing serious toxicities. The presenter will review general management of drug overdose in the Emergency Department (ED) with a focus on specific treatments for OTC acetaminophen, diphenhydramine, dextromethorphan and iron overdose.

Learning Objectives for Pharmacists & Nurses  |  At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify signs and symptoms of a potential medication exposure using patient history and toxidromes
  2. Recall the “ABCDEFG” patient treatment paradigm in toxicology
  3. Recognize a plan of treatment for common over-the-counter (OTC) medication overdoses

Learning Objectives for Pharmacy Techs  |  At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Recall current burden of drug overdose in the United States
  2. Identify key components of a thorough medication exposure patient history
  3. Recognize the appropriate targeted treatment with an over-the-counter (OTC) medication overdose


Renjun Ding, Pharm D  |  PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident  |  Atlantic Health System

Target Audience: Pharmacists, Pharmacy Techs &  Nurses

CE Credit: Approved for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Techs &  Nurses

This program is approved for CPEs by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Attendees of this program may earn 1.0 CPE Contact Hours. Belmont University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Numbers for this activity are 0863-9999-24-040-L01-P and 0863-9999-24-040-L01-T. The activity is approved for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Techs &  Nurses for 1 hour (.1 CEUs) of continuing education credit for those who attend the webinar and complete the online evaluation. Pfiedler Education is a division of AORN, provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP13019, for 1 contact hour. 1.0 contact hours approved for Nurses.

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