Opioid Side Effects and Interactions

Opioids are a cornerstone in the management of many painful conditions. These medications are far from benign and recognition of potential safety considerations must be taken into consideration when prescribing, dispensing, administering and monitoring. This course will provide the attendee with information on side effects, adverse events, and drug interactions. There will be discussion over the mechanism or action for each of these to provide the attendee with the science answering the ‘why’ complications occur.

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Thomas B. Gregory


Thomas B Gregory, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPE, FASPE is a clinical pharmacy specialist in pain and palliative care as well as emergency medicine. Dr. Gregory has been active providing care to patients in pain since his residency and throughout his career. He received the clinical pain educator of the year award from the American society of pain educators in 2010 and a fellow in 2016. Dr. Gregory has been an active participant in the literature surrounding pain management in addition to serving as an editorial board member and review for multiple pain and pharmacy related journals. Dr. Gregory works with learners in multiple disciplines and stages of their formal and post graduate education. Dr. Gregory has areas of practice interest including sickle cell disease, palliative care and critical care analgesia and sedation.

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