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Keeping Patients Safe: Educating About Safe Disposal of Opioids to Prevent Diversion

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

Despite the dangers of opioid abuse and diversion, clinicians often overprescribe opioids, leading to a surplus of unused and unguarded medications. Without proper disposal, this can lead to medications being stolen by a patient's friend or relative, or to patients giving these medications away or even selling them. Pharmacists can play an important role in educating patients on the appropriate storage and disposal of opioids. It is essential to mitigating misuse and diversion of unused opioids.

The final installment in this CME Outfitters BriefCase series highlights a patient case study that focuses on keeping patients safe by educating them on the proper storage and disposal of opioids.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Educate patients about safe storage and disposal of unused opioids to prevent misuse and diversion.

Financial Support

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

Target Audience


Credit Information

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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.

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