Norfolk County Safe Prescribing Conference for Prescribers & Pharmacists

May 7, 2014 | 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Accreditation | Speakers and Learning Objectives | Agenda | Registration | Syllabus


Joseph Rannazzisi, JD, RPh,
Drug Enforcement Agency

Controlled Substances and Legend Drugs Diversion

  • Describe the scope of the prescription drug abuse problem in the United States
  • Identify methods of pharmaceutical diversion
  • Outline law inforcement efforts to combat diversion
  • Identify “red flags” to look for through the registrantcommunity and other healthcare providers

ACPE UAN 0027-9999-14-083-L03-P – 1 contact hour – knowledge based


Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM

Associate Professor of Medicine
Assistant Dean, Continuing Medical Education
Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Director, Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education Program
Medical Director, Office-Based Opioid Treatment & MASBIRT TTA programs
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston Medical Center

Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing (SCOPE)

  • Recall the breadth and quality of evidence for the use of opioids for chronic pain
  • Identify appropriate assessment, monitoring and documentation strategies to meet best practice standards and medic-legal requirements to support opioid prescribing
  • Describe a practical framework for decision making on the initiation, maintenance and discontinuation of opioid analgesics for the treatment of chronic pain

ACPE UAN 0027-9999-14-084-L01-P – 1 contact hour – knowledge based


Colleen Labelle, RN-BC CARN (CNE Course Advisor)

Program Director, State Technical Assistance Treatment Expansion Office Based Opioid Treatment with Buprenorphine (STATE OBOT B)

Treatment for Opioid Dependence

  • Identify medication assisted treatment options for opioid dependence
  • Define agonist, partial agonist and antagonist available treatments

ACPE UAN 0027-9999-14-085-L01-P – 0.5 contact hour – knowledge based


David Morgan, RPh
Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM
Colleen Labelle, RN-BC CARN
Lt. Detective Patrick Glynn

Strategies for Dealing with Drug Seeking Patients

  • Recognize the signs of drug seeking patients
  • Identify tools used to manage pain
  • Evaluate a patient’s request for drugs
  • Determine when prescribers and pharmacists should involve law enforcement

ACPE UAN 0027-9999-14-086-L04-P – 0.5 contact hour – knowledge based


Lt. Detective Patrick Glynn, Quincy Police Department

The Case for Intra-Nasal Naloxone

  • Identify the benefits of nasal naloxone to prevent fatal opioid overdose
  • Recognize the role of law enforcement in public health and safety
  • Explain the need for additional treatment options for opioid overdose
  • Summarize the new amended Massachusetts General Law

ACPE UAN 0027-9999-14-087-L01-P – 0.5 contact hour – knowledge based


David Morgan, RPh (Course Director)

Safe Prescribing Consultant, Norfolk District Attorney’s Office

A Review of Data on Prescription Drug Abuse Data from Norfolk County

  • Describe current PMP data as it relates to prescribing practices
  • Give examples of PMP information that will aid in the safe prescribing and dispensing of opioids

ACPE UAN 0027-9999-14-088-L04-P – 0.5 contact hour – knowledge based


Karen Ryle, MS, RPh
Associate Chief of Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care, Massachusetts General Hospital

How Prescribers, Pharmacists and Law Enforcement Utilize the PMP

  • Explain recent regulatory changes in Massachusetts to curb prescription drug abuse
  • Summarize the pharmacist’s corresponding responsibilities when filling prescriptions for controlled substances
  • Describe the online Prescription Monitoring Program and how it will affect prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances
  • Identify when a pharmacist should access the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
  • Differentiate when it is appropriate for a Law Enforcement to utilize the prescription monitoring program data

ACPE UAN 0027-9999-14-089-L03-P – 1 contact hour – knowledge based