Prescription Drug Abuse: The Ethical Challenges of Pain Management

Prescription Drug Abuse: The Ethical Challenges of Pain Management


Adequate pain management is an important aspect of providing quality patient; however medical providers are challenged with balancing legitimate use and the increasing trend of prescription drug abuse.  Inappropriate use of prescription drugs is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. The number of prescription drug misuse and abuse related deaths now exceed deaths due to motor vehicle accidents.  This 30 minute webinar will discuss the startling facts and statistics about prescription drug abuse and the ethical challenges that arise with effective pain management.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify facts and trends about prescription drug abuse
  • Identify drug seeking behaviors
  • Identify ways to curb prescription drug abuse
  • Identify ethical and legal challenges of pain management
  • Understand the ethical dilemma’s and principles associated with pain management

Course Content

  • Prescription Drug Abuse 30min


Beth Cleavenger (PharmD) is a 2012 University of Montana Pharmacy School graduate. She was born and raised in Montana and moved to Arizona in the summer of 2012 to start her pharmacy career. It was this move that would change her life, her health, and the direction of her career forever. In pharmacy school Beth was taught to believe the lie that alternatives to conventional medicine were simply unnecessary and unreliable. She was led to believe that the only medicine and treatments patients could trust were rooted in clinical guidelines and FDA approved drugs. Ironically, after battling a “mysterious” chronic illness for four years it was naturopathic medicine that had saved her life.

Beth was halfway through pharmacy school when her health began to dramatically decline and she wholeheartedly embraced the medical wisdom she thought she had gained. Over the course of three years she went to 7 physicians and 3 specialists only to be dismissed as “normal”. Beth was hopeless, desperate, and on the verge of needing a medical leave of absence from her job. Realizing that she had nothing else to lose, Beth made an appointment to see a naturopathic physician.

At just 27 years old, Beth was battling a severe case of chronic fatigue syndrome, stage III adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances, and a number of food intolerances. Little by little she has regained her health back with the help of natural supplements, a real-food diet, and even the anti-viral drug, valacyclovir, for her high Epstein-Barr viral load.

This journey has taught Beth more than the value and effectiveness of natural and alternative medicine. It has made her not only a more compassionate pharmacist, but a better one. This experience drives Beth to educate patients, colleagues, and friends on the benefit of integrating both natural and conventional medicine to improve quality of life.

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    0.25 CEU total (up to 0.25 CEU Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    0.5 hour total (up to 0.5 hour Category F - Prescriptive Authority) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    0.5 hour total (up to 0.5 hour General, up to 0.5 hour Pharmacology) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    0.25 CPD total (up to 0.25 CPD Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    0.5 CME total (up to 0.5 CME General, up to 0.5 CME Pharmacology) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    0.5 continuing competence credit total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    0.5 hour total (up to 0.5 hour Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    0.5 credit total (up to 0.5 credit Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    0.5 CEU total (up to 0.5 CEU Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    0.5 hour total (up to 0.5 hour General, up to 0.5 hour Pharmacology) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    0.5 hour total (up to 0.5 hour Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    0.5 hour total (up to 0.5 hour Category C, up to 0.5 hour Category F) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    0.5 CE total (up to 0.5 CE General, up to 0.5 CE Pharmacy) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    0.5 hour total (up to 0.5 hour Category 2, up to 0.5 hour Category 2 - Pharmacology) -Assumed Approval
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