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The Opioid Crisis: Understanding the Problem and How Pharmacists Can Help

This CE program was developed in response to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy's 2017 requirement that all pharmacists must obtain 1-hour of CE related to: proper opioid use, opioid overdose prevention, or naloxone administration (§54.1-3314.1(J) of the Code of Virginia) 



CE Hours


CE Units


Activity Type

  • Knowledge

Target Audience(s)

  • Pharmacists


Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.





  • Review acute and chronic pain
  • Select appropriate agents for acute versus chronic pain, given a patient case
  • Identify signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose
  • Recognize tenants of the REVIVE program and explain the proper outpatient prescribing protocol as well as the administration technique of naloxone


William Spires, PharmD, MS, MBA, PharmD, MS, MBA
Shenandoah University

Activity Number


Release Date: Sep 30, 2017
Credit Expiration Date: Sep 30, 2020

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