Oregon State University College of Pharmacy thanks Kaiser Permanente support by providing Traci Hamer, PharmD, MAT, Clinical Pharmacist, Pain Management Specialist and Sara Westby, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist for this course presentation.

Online | Self-paced
2 Hours
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE): 0.2 CEUs

Increased awareness of opioid safety concerns over the last decade has culminated in the publication of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. This paradigm shift in how we think of opioid therapy necessitates a re-evaluation of chronic pain management treatment plans and some potentially difficult conversations. This presentation offers suggestions for where opioids fit in the management of chronic pain, how to have the conversation with patients about the paradigm shift and how to successfully taper higher doses of opioids while detailing a thoughtful pain management plan to the individual patient.

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  • Discuss where opioids fit in the management of chronic pain in the context of the CDC Guidelines of Prescribing for Chronic Pain
  • Describe when and how opioids should be tapered or discontinued
  • Describe potential side effects and management options for opioid withdrawal
  • List non-opioid alternative for the management of chronic pain
  • Discuss approached to patient conversation about safe opioid use and opioids taper
  • Traci Hamer, PharmD, MAT, Clinical Pharmacist


    Dr. Traci Hamer started her professional career as a high school biology and chemistry teacher, and ultimately transitioned into pharmacy practice after graduating from the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy in 2005. Dr. Hamer works for Kaiser Permanente, initially as an outpatient pharmacist, and evolving over the years to include oncology/infusion, compounding, and Medical Home pharmacy practice. In 2009, she completed specialized training in chronic pain management, and since then has been working as a pain management pharmacist. She works in Primary Care as part of a multidisciplinary chronic pain management team. In this capacity, she works directly with patients and physicians for case management during opioid changes and participates in clinician continuing education surrounding opioid use and improving chronic pain management.

  • Sara Westby, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist

    Dr. Sara Westby is currently working as a Clinical Pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente. She received her college education at Oregon State University, obtaining a Biology Degree while participating on the OSU Women’s Golf Team, and earning her PharmD degree in 2013. Immediately following graduation, Dr. Westby was hired as a Clinical Pharmacist for Transitions in Care and later became part of the Pain Management Pharmacy Services team to support Primary Care in the management of complex chronic pain patients through tapers, conversions, and medication management. Dr. Westby also participates in precepting residents and students and Scope of Practice policy update and development at Kaiser.