About the Institute
APhA Institute T-Shirt Pre-Sales & Red Butte Garden Tickets
APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders T-Shirts
APhA will be selling Unisex (S, M, L, X, XXL) T-Shirts for the APhA Institute this year (while supplies last). T-Shirts are $13.00 and will be sold online prior to the APhA Institute as part of the registration process. You will be able to pick-up your t-shirt and Institute workbook/materials during registration on Wednesday evening, May 27th. Designs and t-shirt colors are still in development, but should be finalized by the end of April.
Tickets for the APhA Institute Walking Tour Through the Red Butte Garden
Each year, as an alternative to "The Hike", APhA Institute Co-Leader Charlie Broussard, brings a group of attendees to The University of Utah Red Butte Garden. Red Butte Garden, located on 100 acres in the foothills on the eastern edge of The University of Utah, is an official arboretum of the state of Utah. The Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West with over 21 acres of developed gardens and five miles of hiking trails winding through an extensive Natural Area. Red Butte Garden is renowned for its numerous plant collections, display gardens, 450,000 springtime blooming bulbs and award-winning horticulture-based educational programs.
Tickets for the Red Butte Garden are:
- $6.00 Students
- $6.00 Seniors
- $6.00 Adults
The Red Butte Garden tour will be on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 6:15pm. Tickets can be purchased online via the APhA Institute Meeting Registration Page. Please note that this is the same time as the Group Hike.
Student Scholarships - Ronald L. Williams Memorial Fund
The Ronald L. Williams Memorial Fund was established in 2004 by the APhA Addiction Practitioner Interest Group (PInG) (now known as the APhA Pain, Palliative Care and Addiction SIG) in honor of Ron Williams who served as the long-time coordinator of the Pharmacy Section at the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies.
As a member of the APhA Staff from 1968 until 1998, Ron devoted his untiring attention to improve the health and careers of pharmacists who suffer from alcohol and drug dependencies. During his career, Williams was instrumental in the development of Pharmacist Recovery Programs (PRNs) that assist pharmacists and student pharmacists who have become impaired by dependence on alcohol and other drugs. Due to Ron’s efforts, countless lives have been saved throughout the years.
APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies - Student Scholarships
The memorial fund, building off of initial contributions made by the members of the APhA Addiction PInG and administered by the APhA Foundation, provides two (2) $1,000 scholarships annually to student pharmacists attending the APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders in Salt Lake City, Utah. Scholarship recipients will be required to prepare a one-page publishable report for Student Pharmacist magazine on their experiences at the APhA Institute.
Applicants must be a member of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), provide a letter of intent (750 words) describing why they wish to receive the scholarship, what they expect to gain from attending the APhA Institute, and how they intend to incorporate the knowledge of addiction and recovery into their academic experience and future practice. The Selection Committee will select recipients based on careful review of completed materials.
Applications for the scholarships are due by 11:59pm PT on Monday, January 20, 2020.
Student & New Practitioner Travel Grants - The AmerisourceBergen Foundation
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation in partnership with APhA and the APhA Foundation are providing sixteen (16) $1,500 travel grants to one (1) student pharmacist and one (1) new practitioner from each of the eight (8) APhA-ASP geographic regions. All applicants must be a member of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) or the APhA New Practitioner Network (APhA NPN), provide a letter of intent (750 words) describing why they wish to receive the travel grant, what they expect to gain from attending the Institute, and how they intend to incorporate the knowledge of addiction and recovery into their current academic experience, current residency/post-graduate experience or within their current/future practice. The Selection Committee will select recipients based on careful review of completed materials. Recipients of the travel grant will be required to prepare a one-page testimonial/article for potential publication in Student Pharmacist magazine or Transitions on their experiences at the APhA Institute. The testimonial/article shall be prepared no later than 30 days after the conclusion of the Institute (June 30, 2020). Travel grant funds must only be used to cover registration, housing, and travel.
Travel grant applications are due no later than 11:59pm PT on Monday, January 20, 2020.
APhA Institute Ambassador Program
Student & New Practitioner Ambassadors play an integral role in the success of the APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders by assisting APhA Staff with the planning, development and implementation of the program. In addition, Ambassadors have the opportunity to further their knowledge and experience in the area of substance abuse and addiction.
We encourage all attendees to speak with our Ambassadors if you have any questions about the APhA Institute. We are here to serve you!
Roles and Responsibilities of Student Ambassadors:
- Attend all APhA Institute sessions and meetings
- Attend all planning/preparation sessions prior to the Institute
- Identify and introduce APhA Institute speakers
- Distribute hand-outs prior-to and during lectures
- Set-up and take-down audio visual equipment
- Assist with student and pharmacist sign-in sheets
- Interact with University Guest House facilities staff
- Attend nightly 12-step meetings (AA, NA, Al-Anon)
- Interact with attendees and be available to answer questions, attend to special-needs, etc.
- Be available and flexible to address any issues that come up during the meeting
- Provide honest feedback to APhA Staff on ways to improve the program
Requirements of Student Ambassadors:
- Must have attended the previous APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders (APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies) at least once
- Must arrive in Salt Lake City one day prior to the official start of the APhA Institute
- Must leave Salt Lake City no earlier than 3 hours after the end of the APhA Institute
- If you are not from the Salt Lake City area, you must stay on-campus, either in the apartments, dormitories or the University Guest House
- Must facilitate your own travel to and from the airport
- Must have a cell phone that can be used for APhA Institute communications throughout the week
APhA will Provide:
- Complimentary registration for the APhA Institute
- The full cost of the Benchmark Plaza Apartments or half the cost of the University Guest House and Conference Center (each night)
* Please note that your flight, ground transportation, meals, and incidentals are not covered by APhA.
Within the application we ask applicant to describe why they would like to return to Salt Lake City to serve in this capacity, the impact that the APhA Institute has made on their life, the skills/experiences that they can bring to new attendees and how they plan to carry the message forward. All applications must be submitted via the online APhA Institute Ambassador Application by no later than 11:59 PT on Monday, January 20, 2020.
If you have any questions about the APhA Institute, the roles of the ambassadors, or the application process, please contact Missy Skelton Duke via email.
Support a Student Pharmacist - Make a Donation Today!
Each year, the APhA Foundation provides two (2) $1,000 scholarships for student pharmacists at attend the APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders. We encourage you to make a donation to the APhA Foundation Ronald L. Williams Memorial Fund. Tax deductible gifts to The Ronald L. Williams Memorial Fund can be made online via the APhA Foundation Website. Please specify that your gift is for this fund. Gifts can be also be sent via U.S. Mail to:
2215 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(Please note “Williams Fund” on check) or by phone through contacting the APhA Foundation at 202-429-7565.
NABP Travel Grants
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Foundation offers travel grants to qualified board of pharmacy members and staff. Ten (10) travel grants are available to help underwrite some of the costs associated with attending the APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply for the NABP Travel Grant was February 15, 2020.
Congratulations to the 2020 NABP Travel Grant Recipients
- Brett Barker, Iowa Board of Pharmacy
- Mia Bishop, Oregon Board of Pharmacy
- Rodrick Marriott, Connecticut Commission of Pharmacy
- Bill Mixon, North Carolina Board of Pharmacy
- Mary Moretti, Texas State Board of Pharmacy
- Anita Parran, Missouri Board of Pharmacy
- James Ramsey, Mississippi Board of Pharmacy
- Keevie Ridener, Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy
- Jill Rhodes, Kentucky Board of Pharmacy
- Mitch Sobel, New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy
- Jenni Wai, State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy
For more information and to apply for a travel grant next year, please contact the NABP Executive Office at ExecOffice@nabp.pharmacy.
History of the Institute
The University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies was established in 1951 and throughout the years continually expanded its scope to keep pace with the increased awareness of the health and social problems of alcoholism and other drug dependencies. Upon recommendations from pharmacists and student pharmacists to the APhA House of Delegates in the early 1980’s, APhA Staff Members Richard P. Penna and Ronald L. Williams developed the Pharmacy Section at The University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies in 1983. For 32 years, the Pharmacy Section made a lasting impact on thousands of pharmacists and student pharmacists through education on the dangers of addiction. Unfortunately in 2014, due to scheduling conflicts an announcement was made that The University of University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies will no longer offer their annual conference. Sections offered during the school included dental, nursing, physicians, professional treatment, education, and rehabilitation among others.
In an effort to continue to provide this phenomenal experience, APhA launched the inaugural session of the APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies in June 2015. The Institute continues to carry the message forward to provide pharmacists, student pharmacists, and the profession with resources, information, motivation, and guidance regarding the implementation or strengthening of state and campus-level programs to help pharmacists/student pharmacists whose competence to perform their responsibilities has become impaired due to chemical dependency or other causes.
The Institute assists individuals in finding treatment, support them in ongoing recovery, and facilitate reentry into pharmacy practice or pharmacy education. Institute programming provides attendees with the latest methods and techniques for working effectively towards this purpose. The Institute also strives to provide a perspective for those who would like to understand addiction even if they have not experienced it themselves. Education is planned for those who are developing or who are currently active in state-level pharmacist recovery programs; for state and national pharmacy association executives; for state board of pharmacy officials; for pharmacists in managerial positions; for college faculty and administrators; for student pharmacists; for leaders in firms or organizations that employ pharmacists; for pharmacy technicians; for pharmacist-related employee assistance program personnel; and for individuals who are concerned about alcoholism and other drug dependencies among their colleagues.
Goals of the APhA Institute
To serve as an introductory or refresher course and a networking opportunity; to provide information, motivation and guidance for pharmacists or student pharmacists who currently participate in or wish to become involved in the planning, implementation, or strengthening of state-level and campus-level programs; to help and assist pharmacists or student pharmacists whose competence to perform their responsibilities has become impaired due to alcoholism or other drug dependencies by assisting them in finding treatment, ongoing recovery and reentry into the practice of pharmacy or their pharmacy education; and to better prepare attendees to provide appropriate assistance and support to clients affected by alcoholism and other drug dependencies.
Those individuals who are developing, or who are currently active in state-level pharmacist recovery programs; for state and national pharmacy association executives; for state board of pharmacy officials; for pharmacists in administrative positions; for college faculty and administrators; for pharmacists and student pharmacists; for leaders in firms or organizations that employ pharmacists; for pharmacy technicians; for pharmacist-related employee assistance program personnel; and for individuals who are concerned about alcoholism and other drug dependencies among their colleagues.
Institute Strives to:
1. Define addiction and explain its acceptance in the medical profession as a disease.
2. Explain pharmacology and pathophysiology of addiction.
3. Describe and participate in 12-step programs and other programs available to assist those who want to be free from addiction.
4. Design intervention strategies and techniques to help others break through the denial of addiction through lecture and role-play sessions.
5. Develop strategies to assist recovering abusers re-enter the pharmacy profession and recommend ways to monitor them and help them avoid relapse.
6. Develop an understanding of the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs on college campuses and the importance of assisting impaired students.
7. Name the unique problems of pain management in recovering addicts.
8. Summarize the legal and ethical implications of addiction.
9. Justify the importance of self-care in order to succeed in a helping profession.
Opioid and Addiction-Related Resources
- APhA Opioid Resource Center
- USA Pharmacist Recovery Network
- APhA-ASP Generation Rx
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- NIDA - National Drug Facts Week
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Office of National Drug Control Policy
- The Partnership at drugfree.org
- The Medicine Abuse Project
- DEA Office of Diversion Control
- FDA Resources for Consumers
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- National Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit
- Parents360 Rx Action Toolkit
- Stop Medicine Abuse
- Providers’ Clinical Support System For Medication Assisted Treatment
- Providers’ Clinical Support System For Opioid Therapies
- Edheads - Trauma for 7-12 Grade Students
- Tyler's Light
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Al-Anon Family Groups
- Find a Treatment Center for Prescription Drug Abuse (SAMSHA)
- Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery
- Transforming Youth Recovery
- Young People in Recovery (YPR)
National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) Resources
- Taking Action to Prevent & Address Prescription Drug Abuse - A Resource Kit for America's College Campuses
- Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer: What You Can Do To Help Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
- Not Worth the Risk - Even If It's Legal
- Talk About Prescriptions - Educate Before You Medicate
- Recovery Opens Doors
- Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: Resources for Community Action