Opioid Education:
Focus on Special Populations

An Opioid Analgesic REMS Initiative

*Please check back regularly as additional Opioid Educational activities will be added to this initiative between October and December 2021.

These educational activities are sponsored by Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE).

These educational activities are supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see https://www.opioidanalgesicrems.com/home.html for a listing of REMS Program Companies. These educational activities are intended to be fully compliant with Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FACULTY

Lindsay Hovestreydt, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Pharmacy Director - Finance, Strategy, Medication Utilization
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY

Michele Matthews, PharmD, BCACP, FASHP
Professor & Vice Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Boston, MA

COURSES

Addressing Opioid REMS: Tailoring Tools and Interventions for Special Populations (Podcast)

Release Date: 9/30/2021

Educational Objectives

  • Describe the impact of pain and its treatment on quality of life, daily activities, and patient mental health
  • Discuss the Opioid REMS program and interventions strategies
  • Identify approaches appropriate for people from unique special populations
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Issues and Challenges with Pain Management in Both the Pediatric and Aging Populations: Implications for Pharmacists (Live Virtual Town Hall #1)

Event Date: 10/28/2021
Time: 3-4:30pm ET

Educational Objectives

  • List the most common causes of acute and chronic pain in children and adolescents
  • Discuss pain management strategies for pediatric patients
  • Recognize the influence of family dynamic and caregiver beliefs on pediatric pain management
  • Identify considerations for the use of opioid analgesics in older adults
  • Describe opioid safety measures in older adults
  • Explain proper storage and disposal of opioids and the risk of diversion
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Issues and Challenges with Pain Management in Both the Pediatric and Aging Populations: Implications for Pharmacists (Archive of Town Hall #1)

Release Date: 11/10/2021

Educational Objectives

  • List the most common causes of acute and chronic pain in children and adolescents
  • Discuss pain management strategies for pediatric patients
  • Recognize the influence of family dynamic and caregiver beliefs on pediatric pain management
  • Identify considerations for the use of opioid analgesics in older adults
  • Describe opioid safety measures in older adults
  • Explain proper storage and disposal of opioids and the risk of diversion
Coming Soon

Special Considerations for Pain Management in the Incarcerated Population and Patients with Substance Use Disorders (Live Virtual Town Hall #2)

Event Date: 11/18/2021
Time: 2-3:30pm ET

Educational Objectives

  • Review the barriers that incarceration creates for effective pain treatment
  • Compare local, state, and federal jail and prison rules and regulations on pain medication
  • Discuss continuity of care when inmates re-enter society
  • Describe characteristics that increase complexity of pain management and opioid analgesic use in people with substance use disorders
  • Discuss treatment strategies for pain management that reduce risk of additional addiction or diversion
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Special Considerations for Pain Management in the Incarcerated Population and Patients with Substance Use Disorders (Archive of Town Hall #2)

Release Date: 11/26/2021

Educational Objectives

  • Review the barriers that incarceration creates for effective pain treatment
  • Compare local, state, and federal jail and prison rules and regulations on pain medication
  • Discuss continuity of care when inmates re-enter society
  • Describe characteristics that increase complexity of pain management and opioid analgesic use in people with substance use disorders
  • Discuss treatment strategies for pain management that reduce risk of additional addiction or diversion
Coming Soon

Pain in Special Populations: Understanding Differences and the Need for Individualizing Care (Monograph #1)

Release Date: 11/30/2021

Educational Objectives

  • Explain the concept of special populations
  • List reasons why tools for pain assessment and screening in practice may be more difficult in special populations
  • Discuss the consequences of undertreated pain
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Gender Differences in Pain Management (Monograph #2)

Release Date: 12/15/2021

Educational Objectives

  • Recognize biologic and psychosocial factors may account for gender differences in pain sensitivity
  • Discuss differences in pain reports and pain chronicity between men and women
  • Identify issues related to pain treatment and addiction treatment in pregnant women
  • Review strategies for patient-centered communication and education regardless of gender
Coming Soon

Societal Structure, Care Access, and Stigma: Strategies to Enhance Safe Opioid Use (Monograph #3)

Release Date: 12/30/2021

Educational Objectives

  • Review issues of limited health care access, prescription sharing and theft, and pharmacy-related considerations
  • Describe social determinants of health in the context of high-risk opioid use
  • Identify innovative strategies to enhance safe use in these populations
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