Opioid Crisis: The Use of Naloxone in Preventing Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths

Pharmacy Tech CEU
Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEUs)

Course Summary

Opioid-related overdose deaths make up three-fourths of all overdose deaths in the United States. In order to reduce the number of deaths, efforts must be made to save patients who overdose on opioids. Naloxone, an opioid receptor antagonist, is the most effective medication to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone is available in a number of different formulations to make administration efficient and timely. Increasing access to naloxone, so it is readily available when needed, is vital to combating the opioid crisis.

Course Objectives

Identify risk factors for opioid overdose

Discuss patient counseling points

Describe administration for naloxone dispensing in a community setting

Identify advantages to different naloxone formulations

I. Introduction

II. Treating Opioid Overdose with Naloxone

III. Short History of the Opioid Crisis

IV. A Brief Overview of Appropriate Opiate Use Indications

V. Opioid Use Dependence and Addiction

VI. Risk Factors for Opioid Overdose

1. Patient Demographics
2. Mental Health Diagnoses
3. Substance Use Disorders
4. Medical Comorbidities
5. Opioid Prescription Characteristics
6. Insurance
7. Reduced Tolerance and Administration Routes

VII. Mechanisms and Symptoms of Opioid Overdose

VIII. Prevention of Opioid Overdose

Medication-Assisted Treatment

IX. Responsible Prescribing of Opioids

X. Treating Opioid Overdose with Naloxone

1. Naloxone History
2. Naloxone Mechanism of Action
3. Naloxone Formulations
4. Naloxone Administration Information
5. Naloxone in Pregnancy
6. Adverse Effects Associated with Naloxone Rescue Therapy

XI. What can Pharmacy Teams do to Reduce Prescription Opioid Overdose?

XII. Summary

How to Earn Credit:
To earn credit for this course, participants must:
  1. Read the course objectives and faculty planner disclosure
  2. Read the course material
  3. Complete the post-test with a minimum score of 70% and complete the course evaluation form.
  4. Results are automatically submitted to CPE Monitor

Faculty Planner Disclosure

The following individuals were involved in the development of this activity: Amanda Mayer, PharmD, Jeff Goldberg, PharmD, BCPP, and Susan DePasquale, MSN, PMHNP-BC. There are no financial relationships relevant to this activity to report or disclose by any of the individuals involved in the development of this activity.

Unlabeled Use Disclosures

The information provided in this course is general in nature and it is solely designed to provide participants with continuing education credit(s). This course and materials are not meant to substitute for the independent, professional judgment of any participant regarding that participant’s professional practice, including but not limited to patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Medical and pharmacy practices, rules, and laws vary from state to state, and this course does not cover the laws of each state; therefore, participants must consult the laws of their state as they relate to their professional practice. Healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, must consult with their employer, healthcare facility, hospital, or other organization, for guidelines, protocols, and procedures they are to follow. The information provided in this course does not replace those guidelines, protocols, and procedures but is for academic purposes only, and this course’s limited purpose is for the completion of continuing education credits. Participants are advised and acknowledge that information related to medications, their administration, dosing, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, warnings, precautions, or accepted uses are constantly changing, and any person taking this course understands that such person must make an independent review of medication information prior to any patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Any discussion of off-label use of any medication, device, or procedure is informational only and such uses are not endorsed hereby. Nothing contained in this course represents the opinions, views, judgments, or conclusions of RxCe.com LLC. RxCe.com LLC is not liable or responsible to any person for any inaccuracy, error, or omission with respect to this course, or course material.

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  • Target Audience: Pharmacy Tech
  • Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEUs)
  • Activity Release Date: 12/20/2022
  • Activity Expiration Date: 12/20/2025
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • UAN: 0669-0000-22-105-H08-T
  • Topic: Pain Management/Opioids
  • CeBroker Number: 20-992936


Amanda Mayer, PharmD



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