Continuing Professional Development

Office of Continuing Professional Development

naloxoneHome Study Program

Opioids: Addiction, Overdose Prevention
(Naloxone) and Patient Education


Opioid abuse and overdose is a growing problem in the United States and in Rhode Island. Pharmacists can play a role in ensuring the safe use of opioids and preventing opioid overdose. Naloxone is an antidote for opioid overdose. A collaborative practice agreement that allows pharmacists to initiate naloxone therapy could prevent opioid overdose death. Participants should watch the video and then complete the post-test and program evaluation to earn continuing education credit. A PDF of the presentation is available for reference.

Program Faculty: Jef Bratberg, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI


Target Audience

Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, emergency personnel, and other interested health care providers.

Learning Objectives

1. Explain the neurobiology of ADDICTION and the spectrum of opioid addiction;
2. Discuss OPIOID OVERDOSE and the epidemic on a state and national level;
3. Identify the role NALOXONE has in opioid overdose prevention;
4. Describe the contents of the Collaborative Practice Agreement;
5. List three ways to best EDUCATE PATIENTS & CAREGIVERS on overdose management.


A $25 registration fee will be collected when the online participant takes the post-test. Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted. Upon payment verification, the participant will be brought to the post-test and program evaluation.

Continuing Education (CPE) Credits

The University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Credit Designation: This program will provide the participant with 1.0 Contact Hour (0.1 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit for completion of the home study and post-test. Participants will be able to print their statement of credit via the CPE Monitor after completing the post-test following the activity.
Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0060-9999-14-052-H01-P.
Release Date: 6/2/2014
Expiration Date: 6/2/2017
Activity Type: This program is a knowledge-based continuing education activity.