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The Pharmacist’s Role in Heroin Addiction

Program length: 0.1 CEU
Target audiences: Pharmacists
Knowledge based activity

EXPIRES: 10/09/2015

This course requires completion of survey and a 70% passing quiz grade to receive certificate.

Universal Activity Number: 0048-0000-12-076-H01-P

Course Cost: $10

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Current categories for compounds of abuse in the United States include alcohol, tobacco, opioids, club drugs, cannabinoids, stimulants, dissociative drugs, hallucinogens, anabolic steroids, inhalants and prescription medications. Heroin, also known as smack, H, skag, or junk, falls into the category of opioids and is the most abused drug in this category.1 This is because it is rapid acting with a time to peak plasma absorption of 10 minutes after I.M. administration and it crosses the blood brain barrier faster than morphine, the drug heroin is manufactured from.2 Morphine is produced by the seed pods of the poppy plant and then sold in a pure form or sometimes mixed/“cut” with substances such as sugar, quinine, powdered milk or even some poisons to produce street heroin.1


At the completion of this program, the participant will be able to:


1. Discuss current trends regarding heroin use
2. Explain how heroin works in the body
3. Understand how to identify heroin use and an overdose
4. Explain current treatment options for an overdose and addiction
5. Explain how pharmacists can play a role in decreasing abuse and increasing awareness

Instructions: For credit card or checking account payment, pay by clicking the button above. Once payment has been received, email pharmacy technical support to be enrolled into the course. For all other payment types, contact the Continuing Education Administrative Contact at 419/772-1871.