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Making the Case for an Opioid Action Plan: The Role of Naloxone

  • Authors: Steven Stanos, DO; Kathleen Hanley, MD; Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 3/17/2021; Reviewed and Renewed: 3/17/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 3/17/2023, 11:59 PM EST
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for neurologists, anesthesiologists, and primary care physicians.

The goal of this activity is to inform clinicians about the prophylactic prescription of naloxone for patients who are appropriately prescribed an opioid analgesic.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding
    • The factors associated with an increased risk of overdose in patients receiving an appropriate prescription for an opioid analgesic
    • Guidance for the coprescription of naloxone with an opioid analgesic for the management of pain
  • Have greater competence related to
    • The identification of patients who are candidates for the prophylactic use of naloxone


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  • Steven Stanos, DO

    Pain Medicine Specialist
    Swedish Health System
    Swedish Pain Services
    Seattle, Washington


    Disclosure: Steven Stanos, DO, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: Emergent BioSolutions; Hisamitsu; Lilly; Pfizer; Vertex


  • Kathleen Hanley, MD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Medicine
    NYU Grossman School of Medicine
    New York, New York


    Disclosure: Kathleen Hanley, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

  • Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD

    Faculty and Clinical Instructor
    Course Director of Pain and Addiction
    Department of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine
    Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook, New York


    Disclosure: Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


  • Kathy Merlo

    Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Kathy Merlo has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

  • Andrew D. Bowser, ELS, CHCP

    Scientific Content Manager, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Andrew D. Bowser, ELS, CHCP has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Spouse served as an advisor or consultant for CSL Behring and Pharming
    Spouse served as a speaker for Shire/Takeda

CME, CE Reviewer/Nurse Planner

  • Stephanie Corder, ND, RN, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Stephanie Corder, ND, RN, CHCP, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Medscape, LLC staff have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer

This activity has been peer reviewed and the reviewer has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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Making the Case for an Opioid Action Plan: The Role of Naloxone

Authors: Steven Stanos, DO; Kathleen Hanley, MD; Kevin L. Zacharoff, MDFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 3/17/2021; Reviewed and Renewed: 3/17/2022

Valid for credit through: 3/17/2023, 11:59 PM EST


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