Pharmacy Addictions Research & Medicine

The PhARM Program provides live and online education to a broad range of healthcare professionals on topics related to substance use disorder treatment and harm reduction. Our team also conducts innovative clinical and health services research to identify and address gaps in implementation of evidence-based interventions.

Operation Naloxone, an interprofessional opioid overdose prevention collaboration from faculty and students at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, and Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative, is our core initiative. Through Operation Naloxone, our team promotes overdose preparedness efforts on college campuses and in communities throughout Texas.

FREE Continuing Education for Health Professionals

OUD Inpatient Focus Treatment Modules

The opioid use disorder healthcare professional training project was developed to provide healthcare professionals who work primarily in inpatient settings on how to identify opioid use disorder, understand harm reduction best practices, develop and implement opioid stewardship programming, review non-opioid alternatives for pain management in the inpatient setting, discuss innovative models for inpatient treatment of OUD, and review management of medications for OUD.

This course includes six unique one hour video modules on each key topic.  Healthcare professionals are welcome to take one or all of the modules based on professional need, however, healthcare professionals are encouraged to complete all the modules to gain a full conceptual understanding of treatment of OUD in the inpatient setting.

Modules

The following modules are included in this course:

  1. From Survival to Recovery in Opioid Use Disorder
  2. Harm Reduction Basics for Healthcare Professionals
  3. Developing and Implementing an Opioid Stewardship Program
  4. Non-Opioid Alternatives for Pain Management in the Hospital Setting
  5. The B-Team: An Innovative Model for Inpatient Treatment Initiation
  6. Managing Medications for Opioid Use Disorder During Hospitalization

6.00 CE Hours • Target Audience: Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Physicians, Advance Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors

OUD Outpatient Focus Treatment Modules

The opioid use disorder healthcare professional training project was developed to provide healthcare professionals who work primarily in outpatient settings on how to identify opioid use disorder, understand harm reduction best practices, understanding safe and effective pain management interventions that do not lead to relapse, and effective use of the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and how to discus the PMP with patients.

This course includes four unique one hour video modules on each key topic. Healthcare professionals are welcome to take one or all of the modules based on professional need, however, healthcare professionals are encouraged to complete all the modules to gain a full conceptual understanding of treatment of OUD in the outpatient setting.

Modules

The following modules are included in this course:

  1. From Survival to Recovery in Opioid Use Disorder
  2. Harm Reduction Basics for Healthcare Professionals
  3. Pain, Opioids and Choices: when Tapering and Safety Collide
  4. Effective Use of the Prescription Monitoring Program

4.00 CE Hours • Target Audience: Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Physicians, Advance Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors

Opioid Overdose Prevention & Response Training

This Opioid Overdose Prevention & Response Training module was developed to help healthcare providers improve their understanding of opioid use disorder and treatment options to take in the prevention of opioid related overdoses.  The activity also provides information on what to do in the emergency case of an actual overdose.  The goal of this activity it to better prepare healthcare teams, and to improve professionals’ confidence, comfort, and readiness with opioid related overdose issues.

In this program, Dr. Hill reviews opioid agonists and historical treatment approaches.  He reviews how to identify signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, and reviews the use of naloxone in how it reverses effects of an opioid overdose.  Dr. Hill discusses legal issues in regards to the distribution and use of naloxone in prevention and immediate treatment of an overdose, and covers how to work with communities on how to access and use naloxone.

1.00 CE HoursTarget Audience: Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Physicians, Advance Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors

Opioid and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

This Opioid Overdose Prevention & Response Training module was developed to help healthcare providers improve their understanding of opioid use disorder and treatment options in regards to pregnancy and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Through this activity, Dr. Cleveland reviews best practices in the treatment of pregnant women with opioid use disorder along with possible complications including neonatal abstinence syndrome.  She discussed the symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome and its long-term risks and issues.

1.00 CE HoursTarget Audience: Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Physicians, Advance Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Counselors