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


My name is Beth Cleavenger and I am a 2012 University of Montana Pharmacy School graduate. I was born and raised in Montana and moved to Arizona in the summer of 2012 to start my pharmacy career. It was this move would change my life, my health, and the direction of my career forever. In pharmacy school my classmates and I were taught to believe the lie that alternatives to conventional medicine were simply unnecessary and unreliable. We were 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 saved my life.

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

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

This journey has taught me more than the value and effectiveness of natural and alternative medicine. It has made me not only a more compassionate pharmacist, but a better one. This experience drives me 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
  • Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM)

    0.5 hour total (up to 0.5 hour General, up to 0.5 hour Pharmacology, up to 0.5 hour Ethics, up to 0.5 hour Pain Management) -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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