The CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain recommend tapering opioids when benefits do not outweigh harms of continued therapy. Tapering opioids can be challenging and a difficult process for patients. Learn from a clinical pharmacist with first-hand experience helping a wide variety of patients taper their opioid medications.

Target Audience:  

Clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, home health, hospice, public health, consumers and families, and all community partners who will benefit from a discussion addressing opioid tapering.

Objectives: 

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize appropriate opioid tapering practices
  2. Identify patient characteristics that may affect opioid tapering
  3. Understand withdrawal symptoms and management

Presenter:

Eric Christianson, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
Fergus Falls, MN

Eric Christianson is a Clinical Pharmacist passionate about patient safety, geriatrics, long-term care, Medication Therapy Management and clinical pharmacy. He is the owner of the blog www.meded101.com, a valuable resource for practicing healthcare professionals and students alike who are interested in learning more about the practical application of clinical pharmacy. Among his professional accomplishments, he is Board Certified in Geriatrics and Pharmacotherapy; has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and American Journal of Nursing; has written an Amazon best seller; and has helped thousands of nurses, pharmacists and prescribers become better at medication management.