Science to Medicine

This activity covers peer-reviewed research about medication treatment for opioid use disorder, screening for substance use, providing naloxone in the pharmacy setting, and managing patients’ pain. It also uses real-world examples and suggestions from your peers for translating this science to medicine to enhance your day-to-day practice.  Taking the latest research and sharing insights from clinicians about implementing it in clinical practice, Science to Medicine features real-world examples from a variety of practice settings and clinician types—operationalizing research to improve patient care.

Learning Objectives


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe recent peer-reviewed research about medication treatment for opioid use disorder; screening for substance use; providing naloxone in the pharmacy setting; managing patients’ pain
  • Demonstrate when and how screening for substance use should occur
  • Identify appropriate substance use screening and assessment tools
  • Explain next steps to take after receiving a positive screen from a patient
  • Explain strategies to patients, families, and colleagues about how to begin medication treatment for opioid use disorder
  • Practice how to provide medication treatment for opioid use disorder in your practice
  • Describe medications to treat patients with opioid use disorder
  • Explain the importance of naloxone distribution by pharmacists
  • Develop steps to identify people at risk of overdose and explain how naloxone distribution can be implemented in the pharmacy setting
  • Evaluate pain treatment options that will be appropriate for patients