Prescribing Naloxone in the District of Columbia

This module demonstrates the indication and use of available naloxone products. Discusses the scope of the opioid epidemic in DC, signs of an overdose, and steps for reversing a possible overdose. Focuses on the role of pharmacists but is open to all health professionals.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the learner should be able to:
 
  • Describe the scope of the opioid epidemic.
  • Appropriately screen a patient to determine if he/she is at risk of an opioid-related overdose.
  • Explain the mechanism of action of opioid antagonists and demonstrate how to properly administer an opioid antagonist to reverse an overdose.
  • List and describe the training and counseling requirements for dispensing naloxone in the District of Columbia.
  • Understand the immunity from civil or criminal liability when dispensing naloxone in the District of Columbia.

Disclaimer 

The material presented in this continuing medical education program is being made available for educational purposes and does not reflect the official views or policies of the DC Department of Health unless explicitly stated.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 0.50 Completion
Course opens: 
04/28/2020
Course expires: 
04/28/2024

Lyndsy P. Beckman, PharmD, MS, CPPS

Pharmacy Patient Safety and Quality Chief
Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States
 
Bio
Dr. Beckman serves as the Patient Safety and Quality Chief for the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States (KPMAS) Pharmacy Department. Dr. Beckman joined KPMAS in 2009 after completing her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and her PGY-2 in Medication Use Safety at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worchester, MA. Dr. Beckman oversees the medication and patient safety and quality workplan for the KPMAS pharmacy department, focusing on continuous quality improvement practices to reduce and prevent medication-related events.

Daphne B. Bernard, PharmD, RPh

Associate Provost and Associate Professor, Howard University
Chair, District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy
 
Bio
In her current role, Dr. Bernard oversees all aspects of accreditation and assessment for the university. She also serves as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Academic Liaison Officer for the university. Prior to being appointed as an Associate Provost, she most recently served as Interim Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Howard University where she is also an Associate Professor. With almost twenty years as a respected and accomplished professional and academic administrator, Dr. Bernard is considered a leader in academic assessment and accreditation with a true commitment to academic excellence and servant leadership.

Alan Friedman, RPh

Pharmacy Regulatory, Quality and Professional Affairs Manager, Kaiser Permanente  
District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy
 
Bio
Mr. Friedman is a manager at Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, where he oversees legislation, regulatory compliance, quality and safety and academic affairs for the regional pharmacy department. He also has a background in community, hospital and long-term care pharmacy practice. As a District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy Member and Chair of the Legislative and Regulatory Committee, Mr. Friedman enjoys focusing on regulatory efforts that benefit the profession and residents of the District.

Benjamin Miles, PharmD, BCPS, RPh

Clinical Staff Pharmacist Specialist - Emergency Medicine, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Board Member, District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy
 
Bio
Dr. Miles serves as the emergency department clinical pharmacist specialist at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. He regularly precepts pharmacy students and pharmacy residents and has participated in a number of quality improvement and medication safety projects including implementation of a non-opiate pain protocol in the emergency department to reduce the number of opiates prescribed in the ED. Dr. Miles also serves on the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy and is a member of the Legislative Subcommittee of the Board of Pharmacy.

Shauna White, PharmD, RPh

Executive Director, District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy
Program Manager, Pharmaceutical Control Division
Health Regulation and Licensing Administration
District of Columbia Department of Health
 
Bio
Dr. White serves as the Executive Director to the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy and is the Program Manager for the DC Pharmaceutical Control Division, within the District of Columbia Department of Health in the Health Regulation licensing administration. Dr. White has experience in the community pharmacy setting and with health care regulations serving as a Pharmacist Inspector for the Pharmaceutical Control Division. Her interests include ensuring the safe distribution of pharmaceutical products to District residents while focusing on improving patient outcomes.

 

Faculty Disclosures

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, The George Washington University Office of CEHP requires that all individuals involved in the development of activity content disclose their relevant financial relationships and that all conflicts of interest be identified, resolved, and communicated to learners prior to delivery of the activity.

The following planners, upon submission of a disclosure form, made no disclosures of commercial relationships:
 
  • Lindsy Backman, PharmD, MS, CPPS
  • Daphne Bernard, PharmD, RPh
  • Alan Friedman, RPh
  • Benjamin Miles, PharmD, BCPS, RPh
  • Shauna White, PharmD, RPh

Physicians 

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA Physician Recognition Award Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 

PHARMACISTS AND PHARMACY TECHNICIANS 

The George Washington University Hospital, Department of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

ACPE#: 0536-9999-20-0010-H04-P
ACPE#: 0536-9999-20-0010-H04-T
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Expiration Date: September 15, 2023
CE Credits: 0.5 (0.05 CEUs)

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 0.50 Completion
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