Opioid Awareness and “SBIRT” Protocol

May 3, 2021

Join our host Paul Dunne and our two guests from the University of the Sciences, Andrew Peterson, Executive Director, Substance Use Disorders Institute, and George Downs, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy. Their mission is to educate pharmacists and pharmacy students on the opioid abuse epidemic. In this episode, they will discuss how the role of the pharmacists is crucial as both a clinician and as a trusted resource.


Andrew and George dive deep into identifying and treating the patient, motivational interviewing techniques, and behavioral change modeling, as well as strategies and techniques. Among these is the application of the “SBIRT” protocol (Screening-Brief Intervention-Referral to Treatment), a model for addiction prevention.


The team will also share their concerns about the growing opioid addiction challenges within the pharmacy profession, how to self-identify it, recovery, and maintenance.