Substance Use Disorder: Identification & Referral Part I

9 Self-Paced Modules

  1. Epidemiology of Substance Use Disorder
  2. Disease Model of Addiction
  3. Substances of Abuse
  4. Signs and Symptoms of Substance Use Disorders
  5. PDMP as a Tool
  6. Screening Instruments and Assessments
  7. Interventions
  8. Motivational Interviewing
  9. Warm Hand-Offs

You must attend the full session and complete a post-test evaluation in order to receive credit. This program has been co-developed with Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.

Program Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Differentiate observational studies from experimental studies
  • Describe the biopsychosocial approach to health
  • Explain the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
  • List risk and prognostic factors related to substance disorders
  • Name factors that affect the distribution and metabolism of drugs of abuse
  • Explain the steps of neurotransmission
  • Describe the reward pathway of the brain and natural rewards
  • Explain how neurotransmitters are altered by drugs of abuse
  • Define addiction, tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal
  • Explain the role of tolerance in drug overdoses
  • Describe addiction as a disease model
  • Describe the relationship between stigma and barriers to the assessment of Substance Use Disorders
  • Explain the general characteristics of Substance Use Disorders
  • Explain the symptoms of Substance Use Disorders
  • Explain the indicators of drug seeking behavior
  • Describe why Pennsylvania and other states have adopted the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
  • Identify the main purposes of the PDMP
  • Discuss the legal requirements for pharmacists and prescribers in relationship to the PDMP
  • Review how prescribers, dispensers and designated assistants use the PDMP
  • Describe the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) approach
  • Review the use of evidence-based screening tools for substance use disorders
  • Determine which screening tool to use given a patient case and interpret screening results
  • Discuss barriers and solutions to implementing screening for substance use disorders
  • Explain the purpose of an intervention
  • Identify the types of interventions
  • Provide an overview of each type of intervention
  • Determine the type of intervention that is most appropriate for a given situation
  • Define a warm hand-off
  • Identify the role of members of the healthcare team, including patient navigators and other stakeholders, in the warm hand-off
  • Discuss the step-wise process in conducting a warm hand-off in a health-system setting
  • Discuss the step-wise process in conducting a warm hand-off in a community/outpatient setting
  • Identify resources for the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders that can be used in the development of a protocol
  • Describe how motivational interviewing (MI) can be used to effectively promote behavior change
  • Review MI techniques and skills to utilize in behavior change interventions
  • Observe a brief intervention using motivational interviewing (MI) techniques to elicit change talk
  • List the main classifications of drugs of abuse
  • Give examples of drugs in each class
  • Explain the schedule classification of drugs and give examples in each schedule
  • Explain the mechanism of action of each class of drugs and how that is related to addiction
  • List street names of the commonly abused drugs
  • Explain the difference between opiates and opioids
  • Explain in your own words how addiction is a disease

Accreditation Information

ACPEThe Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

UAN: 0159-0000-19-014-H01-P
Activity Type: Application-based
Contact Hours: 10.00 or (1.00 CEU)
Release Date: 7/01/2019
Expiration Date: 7/01/2022
Target Audience: Pharmacists

Astle Janet Astle, B.S. Pharm., Ed.D.
Assistant Dean for Student Services
Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
Higginbotham Suzanne Higginbotham, B.S., Pharm.D., BCACP
Lasilla Holly C. Lassila, DrPH, MSEd, RPh, LPC
Associate Professor Pharmacy Practice
Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
Cavanaugh Jane E. Cavanaugh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Duquesne University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences School of Pharmacy
Maher Dr. Robert L. Maher Jr., B.S., Pharm.D., BCGP
Patel Roshni S. Patel, Pharm.D., BCPS
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Jefferson College of Pharmacy
Giannetti Vincent Giannetti, MA, Ms, MSW, Ph.D.