Opioid Substitution Therapy - Service Training - On Demand

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This training consists of three learning modules followed by a MCQ assessment. A certificate of completion is issued after successful completion.

Completing this training will contribute to your continuing professional development and some of your recertification requirements.

About this learning module

This training will equip pharmacists with the tools and resources necessary to provide a quality OST service in the community pharmacy environment.

Module 1 covers Opioid Use Disorder, the underlying principles that provide the foundation of the OST service, including the different phases of the addiction journey and discussion of what realistic goals might look like.

The second module provides information about addiction, the mechanism of action for the medicines used and how they are used in OST. The management of side effects and interactions is reviewed.

The third module provides practical information and advice about administering an OST programme in a community pharmacy, including the legal and ethical requirements. The management of common clinical issues and patient behaviours likely to be encountered is discussed.

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This training is a collaboration between PSNZ Education, Professional Development and Training and Auckland Opioid Treatment Service/CADS.

Learning Objectives

  • Know the goals of Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST)
  • Understand the principle of harm reduction
  • Understand the wheel of behavioural change and the phases of OST
  • Know the definitions of opioid dependence and tolerance
  • Have an overview of the neurobiology of addiction and of opioids
  • Know the intoxication and withdrawal effects of opioids
  • Understand the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and the efficacy of methadone and buprenorphine
  • Know how to safely use methadone and buprenorphine in OST for both stabilisation and maintenance treatment
  • Be able to manage the side-effects of methadone and buprenorphine and knowing what common interactions to expect
  • Understand the relative benefits of methadone versus buprenorphine
  • Know the administration and dispensing requirements of OST
  • Know how to manage common clinical issues encountered in practice
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of OST providers and of pharmacists supporting clients within a structured framework

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