Chronic pain affects nearly one in four Canadians. For many, pain is so severe that opioid therapy will be prescribed. Although opioids are effective, they are associated with risks of abuse and overdose. Enhancing education on the safe and effective use of opioids is key to addressing these risks while ensuring patients with severe chronic pain remain effectively treated.
The first two parts of this program will provide pharmacists with some of the key principles for chronic pain management with opioids, and the final part will discuss the role of methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone in the management of opioid addiction.
For more information please visit the Pear Health eLearning continuing education course, Opioids in Chronic Pain and Preventing and Managing Opioid Addiction.
Michael Bovin RPh, BScPhm, CDE, CTE
Tom Smiley BSchPhm, PharmD, CTE
Carlene Oleksyn, RPh, B.S.P. Pharm, CTH
(Expires: Aug 18, 2017)