APhA Institute 2019 Tentative Agenda


Webinar - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 (9:00pm - 10:00pm ET) 

The "APhA Institute Experience” Webinar will serve as an opportunity for attendees to learn and ask questions about the APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders, addiction-related education programs, 12-step meetings, university credit, outdoor activities, travel, housing, and will provide students and pharmacists with information on how to prepare/pack for your trip to Utah.

Prior to the APhA Institute - Home Study CPE

Plans for 2019 are to offer pharmacists and student pharmacists with the opportunity to complete CPE via our APhA Institute Home Study Courses. Futher information will be available in April 2019.


Tuesday, May 28

Travel to Salt Lake City, UT
Check-in to Housing at Benchmark Plaza Apartments or University Guest House


Wednesday, May 29

Travel to Salt Lake City, UT
Check-in to Housing at Benchmark Plaza Apartments or University Guest House

4:00 pm Registration Open
6:00 pm Opening Session: The APhA Institute Experience
7:15 pm Introduction to 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous
7:45 pm Break (Set-up Room for Alcoholics Anonymous – Open Meeting)
8:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous – Open Meeting
9:00 pm Adjourn

Thursday, May 30

7:00 am Registration
8:00 am The Neuroscience of Addiction: Implications for Pharmacists
9:00 am Break
9:15 am The Neuroscience of Addiction: Implications for Pharmacists (Continued)
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Navigating Through the Culture of Recovery
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Sick of Shame: The Unhealthy Guilt of Addiction
2:00 pm MAT to Rescue: How to Break the Barriers in MAT for OUD
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Naloxone to Rescue: Understanding Its Role and Use in the Community
4:45 pm Break (Set-up room for Narcotics Anonymous Meeting)
5:00 pm Narcotics Anonymous Open Meeting 
6:00 pm Adjourn
6:15 pm (Optional) Group Walk Through Red Butte Gardens - Meet at Sage Point Quad
6:15 pm (Optional) Group Hike Up the Mountain - Meet at Sage Point Quad

Friday, May 31

7:30 am (Optional) 2020 Ambassador Information Session
8:00 am Drug Overdosage Trends the ED: Opportunities for Prevention and Intervention
9:15 am Break
9:45 am Medical Cannabis: Benefits, Risks, and Applications
10:45 am Expert Townhall Meeting: Medical Cannabis
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Pain Management in Active Recovery: How Pharmacists Can Help
2:30 pm Break
3:00 pm Bridging the Gap - Integrating Family Therapy and Addiction Counseling
4:15 pm Break (Set-up Room for Al-Anon – Open Meeting)
4:30 pm Al-Anon – Open Meeting
5:45 pm Adjourn
5:45 pm (Optional) A Visit from SLC Therapy Dogs 
6:15 pm (Optional) Free Time in Salt Lake City / Park City (or Rain Date for Hike)

Saturday, June 1

8:00 am Collaboration for Success: How Pharmacists Team Up to Prevent Diversion
9:30 am Break
10:00 am 5 Steps to Discontinuing Opioids: Having Conversations to De-escalate, Discontinue or Reduce Opioids.
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm The Experts Debate: Controversial Topics in Addiction and Recovery 
     1. Should Naloxone be dispensed with every opioid prescription? 
     2. Harm reduction initiatives:  Enabling or Life Saving? 
     3. Limited prescribing, is it effective in preventing misuse of opioid? 
     4. PDMP: Is it working? 
2:30 pm Break

Track I (Students) and Track II (Pharmacists)

2:45 pm Career Panel Discussion (Focus for Student Pharmacists)
Pharmacist Recovery Network (PRN) Discussion (Focus for Pharmacists and Boards)
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Generation Rx Workshop (Focus for Student Pharmacists)
12-Step Meeting - Closed (Focus for Pharmacists and Boards)
5:00 pm Adjourn
5:00 pm (Optional) Free Time in Salt Lake City / Park City

Sunday, June 2

7:15 am Dinosaur Debrief - 5th Anniversary Celebration
8:00 am Closing Session: 12-Step Meeting - Carrying the Message
9:15 am Break
9:45 am Closing Session: Developing Positive Personal Power
11:45 am Adjourn APhA Institute

Check-out of Housing at Benchmark Plaza Apartments or University Guest House
Depart Salt Lake City, UT


Continuing Pharmacy Education


APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies CPE Portal with Online Home Study Courses - Available in May 2019


APhA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

 CPE Monitor
CPE Monitor is a collaborative system used by ACPE, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and ACPE-accredited providers for all pharmacists, student pharmacists and technicians to record and track their CPE credits. Visit: to set up your e-Profile. Contact NABP customer support at 847-391-4406, Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm CT for additional information.

CPE Credits
Qualified attendees can earn 16.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit (1.60 CEUs) while attending the APhA Institute. Sessions approved for CPE Credits are indicated by an ACPE number and CEUs in the APhA Institute Workbook and online via the APhA Institute CPE Portal - Available in May 2019

Online Home Study
Qualified attendees can earn 7.0 contact hours of CPE Credit (0.7 CEUs) for completing the APhA Institute Online Home Study Courses  - Available in May 2019 

Target Audience
APhA Institute education sessions were designed for pharmacists from all practice settings. Courses appropriate for pharmacist participation are designated by an ACPE universal activity number ending in the letter "P."

Learning Level
CPE offered at the APhA Institute is: Level 1 - Baseline knowledge of the subject area is required. The information presented will be a primer on the topic and appropriate for a wide range of pharmacists.

Activity Type
CPE offered at the APhA Institute is: Knowledge-based activities – designed to enhance or add to pharmacists’ knowledge of a topic, mostly through didactic sessions.

For Assistance
Contact the APhA InfoCenter at or 1-800-237-APhA (2742) and press #2 for assistance with login issues. Contact the APhA Education Department at for session codes and other CPE related questions. 

State Requirements
Check with the Board of Pharmacy in your state regarding specific continuing pharmacy education requirements. Florida-licensed pharmacists: To ensure that your continuing pharmacy education participation can be filed with the state-mandated CE Broker system, make sure you have provided APhA with your Florida license number. To check, log on to and select My Account, then License Information.

Partial Credit Policy
APhA does not offer partial credit for any CPE activity.

Grievance Policy
Should any attendee of an approved CPE session be dissatisfied with the quality of the activity, contact the APhA Education Department at within 5 days of the conclusion of the session.

Faculty disclosures are provided in the APhA Institute Workbook. The APhA Education Committee and APhA staff disclosures can be found on

Claim Your Credit
To obtain CPE credit, you are required to actively participate in each activity and complete an evaluation. The attendance code provided at the end of each session is needed to access and complete the evaluation. In order to complete the online activity evaluation form, participants will need to have a valid username and password.

1. Log into with your APhA Profile ( username and password.  DO NOT Create a 2nd account. You will need a valid NABP e-Profile ID number to claim credit.
2. Click on the following link to access the APhA Institute CPE Information.
3. Enter the attendance code provided at the end of each session.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the activity evaluation and claim credit.
5. Proof of your CPE credit will be available to you on CPE Monitor, located at
6. Your CPE must be filed by 5:00pm ET on Friday, June 28, 2019, in order to receive credit. The attendance code expires on this date and no CPE will be granted after this time.


University Credit Information

Previously APhA has been able to offer University Credit to student pharmacists attending the APhA Institute. However, we will not be offering the option of University Credit for the 2019 APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders.

For students interested in obtaining University Credit, we encourage you to work directly with your school or college of pharmacy administration and curriculum committee. If you have any questions or would like to receive copies of a past syllabus or grading rubric, please contact Keith Marciniak, APhA Senior Director of Student & New Practitioner Development at

Group Hike Waiver

Each year at the APhA Institute, we conduct a voluntary Group Hike Up the Mountain (foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range). This year, the Group Hike will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Participants will meet in the Sage Point Quad at 6:15pm where we will take a group picture and APhA Staff will provide a few last minute instructions and information. It is highly encouraged that all attendees view the Group Hike Section of our APhA Institute Experience Webinar (Tuesday, April 23, 2019). The Webinar provides a good overview of the Group Hike along with pictures and information on the terrain and what to expect when hiking.

APhA recognizes that the hike may involve physical activity including, but not limited to, walking, muscle strength and muscle endurance, cardiovascular conditioning and training, as well as other various fitness activities. All attendees that wish to participate in the Group Hike must sign the APhA Waiver affirming that they are in good physical condition and do not suffer from any known disability or condition which would prevent or limit their participation in this Group Hike.

In addition, participation in the Group Hike is purely voluntary and in no way mandated by APhA. Participants are responsible for all hike-related decisions, actions, and outcomes.

As an alternative to the Group Hike, APhA Institute Staff will lead a group of participants through The University of Utah's Red Butte Garden. To purchase tickets and for more information regarding the walking tour through Red Butte Garden, please visit the About the Institute Section of our website.

  • APhA Institute Group Hike Waiver - Available in April 2019