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The Pharmacy Role in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Free Virtual Continuing Education Series - Integrating practice with public health and harm reduction strategies

  • 20 September 2021
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  • Categories: Health

Event date: 10/24/2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Export event

Pharmacists in New York State are invited to attend a free virtual continuing education series led by a team of multi-disciplinary experts working to end the opioid crisis in New York State. Continuing pharmacy education credits will be available.

The educational series will convene on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and will continue on October 17, October 24, and October 31, 2021, at that time. Participants may choose to attend any number sessions.

Topics will include: reducing overdose deaths through increasing access to naloxone; equity in access; medication for opioid use disorder; COVID-19 services; medication for addiction treatment; pharmacology, misconceptions, and myths; harm reduction; optimizing pharmacy interventions in New York State; and the legal dimensions in responding to the opioid crisis.

The educational series is co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health HEAL Initiative Planning Committee of Cayuga, Columbia, Putnam, and Suffolk counties and the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

To register for any or all CEs, visit:


Harm Reduction for Pharmacists

Speaker: Emma Roberts, Director, Capacity Building Services, National Harm Reduction Coalition

UAN# 0045-9999-21-019-L01-P / 0.075 CEUs

Learning Objectives:


  1. Develop understanding of best practices for pharmacists in engaging patients in harm reduction interventions including overdose prevention, safer use options and providing opioid use disorder treatment.
  2. Cultivate a harm-reduction 'friendly' environment with the use of patient-centered communication strategies and patient materials.
  3. Describe syringe access laws and their implementation in the pharmacy setting.
  4. Assess utilization of opioid agonist treatments currently available in community pharmacy settings.
  5. Identify the purpose and utility of fentanyl test strips, given the current rise in opioid overdose rates in stimulants.


Optimizing Pharmacy Interventions in New York State

Speaker: Sharon Stancliff, MD, Associate Medical Director, AIDS Institute, NYS Department of Health

UAN# 0045-9999-21-020-L01-P / 0.075 CEUs

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program and how it works in New York State in pharmacies
  2. Describe and present a brief training to a patient requesting naloxone
  3. Identify how the Naloxone Co-payment Assistance Program (N-CAP) works
  4. Discuss the rationale and regulations regarding the Expanded Syringe Access Program
  5. Find Drug User Health Hubs and syringe access programs near their pharmacies


Sunday, October 3, 2021, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
1) The Opioid Epidemic, Impacts of COVID-19 & How Pharmacists Can Reduce Overdose Deaths Through Increasing Access to Naloxone
2) Equity in Access: Naloxone, MOUD, & Covid 19 Services

  • Sunday, October 17, 2021, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
    Medication For Addiction Treatment: Pharmacology, Misconceptions, and Myths
  • Sunday, October 31, 2021, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
    Response to the Opioid Crisis: Legal Dimensions & Harm Reduction

See the Suffolk County Department of Health Services calendar for more information on upcoming sessions.

Live On-line Webinar: Attendees who register for remote viewing will receive a link to attend the program using their computer, tablet or phone, along with instructions to access Zoom Meeting one week prior to the webinar. You will be able to listen to the speakers and view the educational materials and respond to polling questions. In order to qualify as a live activity, questions may be posed to the presenters by means of the on-line chat function.

Continuing Education: Continuing Education credit has been approved for up to 6 live Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 0.6 Contact Hours of live Continuing Education. Participants must log in using your full name so that proof of participation can be confirmed. Participants must also complete the online learning assessments for the activity attended after the program to receive credit for this activity. You will have 45 days from the day of the program to complete the evaluations and learning assessments to receive ACPE credit. Upon completion and verification, your continuing pharmacy education credits will be sent to CPE Monitor. Statements of credit may be printed from the CPE Monitor website at:

ACPE policy states that paper and/or electronic statements of credit are no longer required to be distributed directly to learners as proof of ACPE credit. This official record of  credit  is  located  on  the  learner's  e-profile  in  CPE  Monitor. Printed copies of statements will no longer be distributed by Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Registration Fee: There is not a fee to attend this Continuing Education Program.  However, registration is required in order for us to send you the program handouts and Zoom Meeting link. The deadlines to register for each session are as follows:

  • Friday, October 22: Harm Reduction for Pharmacists and Optimizing Pharmacy Interventions in New York State
  • Friday, October 29: Response to the Opioid Crisis: Legal Dimensions & Harm Reduction

Register by visiting:

Statement of Disclosure: In accordance with ACPE Standards, ACPHS requires that speakers and program planners disclose any relationships that they may have with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in their presentations. All speakers and program planners involved in this series have no disclosures or conflicts of interest.

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