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Partnering with Patients: Counseling Patients About Non-Opioid Pain Options

Premiere Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Pharmacy (acpe)
  2. Other

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢

Credit Expiration Date:
Sunday, December 31, 2023
Note: Credit Is No Longer Available


Vincent Capone, MPAS, MSW, PA-CVincent Capone, MPAS, MSW, PA-C 
Associate Medical Director and Physician Assistant
Empower3 Center for Health - Internal Medicine
Trauma Physician Assistant
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Altoona Trauma and Emergency General Surgery Department (InterTrauma Consulting)
Altoona, PA

Peter A. Kreckel, RPhPeter A. Kreckel, RPh 
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
Saint Francis University
Pharmacy Manager
Thompson Pharmacy
Altoona, PA

Statement of Need

With the opioid crisis resulting in up to a 30% increase in overdoses among men and a 24% increase among women from July 2016 through September 2017, it is imperative that health care providers (HCPs), including pharmacists, work with patients to achieve goals that will reverse these destructive trends. When making treatment decisions, HCPs also need to make patients aware of safer, non-opioid alternatives to pain management.

The second installment of this CME Outfitters BriefCase series on addressing the opioid epidemic in our communities focuses on how HCPs can educate their patients about their pain and about nonopioid pain management in order to optimize safe and effective, multimodal treatment plans.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Apply evidence and guideline recommendations supporting non-opioid pain management to treatment decision-making.
  • Educate patients about their pain and non-opioid pain management to optimize safe and effective, multimodal treatment plans.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson, administered by Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience


Credit Information

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations must be completed online (requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (75% pass rate required). This website supports all browsers except Internet Explorer for Mac.

Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Vincent Capone, MPAS, MSW, PA-C has no disclosures to report.

Peter Kreckel, RPh has no disclosures to report.

Mae Ochoa, RPh (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.

Evan Luberger (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Jan Perez (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sharon Tordoff (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Disclosures were obtained from the CME Outfitters, LLC staff: No disclosures to report.

CME Outfitters, LLC and the faculty do not endorse the use of any product outside of the FDA labeled indications. Medical professionals should not utilize the procedures, products, or diagnosis techniques discussed during this activity without evaluation of their patient for contraindications or dangers of use.

Questions about this activity? Call us at 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).


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