Naloxone Pharmacy Continuing Education Program

Enduring online program

Contact Hours: 2 (0.2 CEUs)

Target Audience

Pharmacists in all practice settings

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Program Overview

Opioid abuse is currently an epidemic in both New York State and the United States as a whole.  Mortality from opioid-related overdoses is also increasing. Expanding access to naloxone for use in opioid-related overdoses is one method meant to decrease mortality from these overdoses.  Pharmacists can now dispense naloxone using a non-patient specific prescription (standing order).  This continuing education program will provide the training needed for pharmacists to comply with the standing orders for dispensing naloxone.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the incidence of opioid-related mortality in both the United States and New York State
  • Discuss the role of naloxone as part of an overall strategy to address opioid overdoses
  • List the available naloxone products and how each is administered
  • Provide an overview of the pharmacist's role in dispensing naloxone via a non-patient specific prescription

Program Components

This program contains a pre-test, naloxone education presentation, educational reference material, post-test, and program evaluation.  Credit will be awarded upon successful completion of the post-test activity with a score of 70% or better.

Program Presenters

Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP.

Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP
Commissioner of Health
Erie County Department of Health

Sharon Stancliff, MD.

Sharon Stancliff, MD
Harm Reduction Coalition



Denise Swiatek, PharmD.

Denise Swiatek, PharmD
Adjunct Assistant Professor/Academic Educator
SUNY at Buffalo
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Program Support

This pharmacy continuing education program is supported by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute and the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network (AQIN), the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for New York State, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia, in collaboration with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, under Contract Number HHSM-500-2014-QIN013I Task Order HHSM-500-T0006, funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

Accreditation Information


The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This knowledge-based activity has been assigned ACPE# 0044-0000-17-080-H01-P and will award 2 contact hours (0.2 ceus) of continuing pharmacy education credit. Credit will be uploaded to the CPE Monitor to those who complete all components of this activity and achieve a successful score of 70% or greater on the post-test.

Initial Release Date: September 2017   Planned Expiration Date: September 30, 2019