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“Opioid Withdrawal & Use of a Patient Scoring Tool”

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HealthTrust presents…”Opioid Withdrawal & Use of a Patient Scoring Tool”

In 2017, 70,237 deaths were caused by drug overdose; 67.8% of those were caused by opioids. Education regarding the opioid crises has been one strategy employed to help alleviate this public health crisis. With the large number of patients using and abusing opiates, it is imperative to train clinicians and pharmacists in managing opioid overdoses and withdrawals. The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) is a tool used by clinicians to determine the stage and severity of opiate withdrawal and help effectively manage these patients. The focus of this session will specifically address opioid overdose and withdrawal. The presenter will review the appropriate use of naloxone for opioid overdose as well as the therapeutic agents used to treat withdrawal and appropriate monitoring parameters will also be discussed.

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

  1. Identify the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and withdrawal
  2. Employ a treatment plan for opioid overdoses
  3. Interpret a COWS score and formulate a treatment plan for opioid withdrawal

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

  1. Differentiate between the different types of opioids
  2. Compare and contrast the clinical presentations of opioid overdose and opioid withdrawal


Jose Lazo, PharmD  |  PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident  |  Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Target Audience:  Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians

Continuing Education Information: 1.0 contact hours approved for Pharmacists and Pharmacist Technicians. Belmont University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The ACPE Universal Activity Numbers for this activity are 0863-9999-19-041-L01-P and 0863-9999-19-041-L01-T. The activity will provide 1 hour (.1 CEUs) of continuing education credit to pharmacists who attend the webinar and complete the online evaluation.

Note about CE credit: If you plan to obtain credit, stay until the end of the presentation to receive the verification code you will need to obtain your continuing education credit. A reminder that CE credit is individual. No group credit is available. Each person must register for this session and attend the webinar for 40 minutes or longer in order to receive an email after the event with instructions on how to apply for continuing education credit. Please do not share the code or forward the email you receive to others who did not actually attend the program. If they are not able to be verified on our webinar provider reports and registration list they will not receive credit. Also, please note: If you are joining only by phone, you will not be eligible for credit. You must also log in and join the visual portion of the webinar to be part of our CE provider-required reporting.

A participant, sponsor, faculty member or other individual wanting to file a grievance with respect to any aspect of a program sponsored or co-sponsored by the Belmont COP may contact the Dean of Belmont University College of Pharmacy in writing at david.gregory@belmont.edu. The grievance will be reviewed and a response will be returned within 45 days of receiving the written statement. If not satisfied, an appeal to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy can be made for a second level of review.