Opioid Crisis Collection Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Resource for institutions that are submitting information related to their activities to combat the ongoing and evolving opiod epidemic. Should you have any questions not addressed in the FAQs below, please email opioid@aacp.org. Several AACP staff members will have access to this email address and will strive to answer all inquiries within 2 business days.

What is the AACP collection of activities to combat the opioid epidemic?

The opioid epidemic, defined as the rapid growth in use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs in the United States that has developed into opioid misuse and addiction, is an ongoing and evolving public health crisis. AACP is aware of many of the successful practices that academic pharmacy is involved with to combat this epidemic. However, a purposeful scan of the activities that academic pharmacy is participating within regarding this issue has not been performed. The information collected will not only inform the academy and other stakeholders of the level and type of activities being conducted by academic pharmacy to combat this public health crisis, but it will also serve to determine further actions that AACP and the academy can pursue in this area in the future.

Why is AACP collecting information from its members on the activities to combat the opioid epidemic?

AACP is aware of many of the successful practices that academic pharmacy is involved with to help to combat this epidemic. However, AACP does not have a definitive response when asked how many colleges or schools of pharmacy are involved with efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The information collected from the colleges and schools of pharmacy will not only inform the academy and other stakeholders of the level and type of activities being conducted by academic pharmacy to combat this public health crisis, but it will also serve to determine further actions that AACP and the academy can pursue in this area in the future.

What is considered an activity to combat the opioid epidemic?

For the purpose of this collection of information by AACP, an activity is broadly defined—it can be a collaboration, initiative, lecture, partnership, or program. It can be in the area of advocacy, education, teaching, practice, research, and/or service. It can be internal to the college or school of pharmacy (e.g., activity targeting students, faculty, staff, and/or administration) or external to the college or school of pharmacy.  As the activities are submitted, collected and analyzed, AACP staff will determine the applicable classifications or categories of the activities.

What information is AACP collecting pertaining to activities to combat the opioid epidemic?

The following information will be collected for each activity:

  • Brief description of the activity combatting the opioid epidemic, including the purpose/goal of the activity (The description should be no more than 250 words.  An activity may be a collaboration, initiative, lecture, partnership, or program.  An activity may be in the area of advocacy, education, teaching, practice, research, and/or service. It can be internal to the college or school of pharmacy (e.g., activity targeting students, faculty, staff, and/or administration) or external to the college or school of pharmacy).*
  • Brief explanation of how and when the activity began (No more than 500 words).
  • Collaborators(s)/Partner(s) [if applicable].
  • Funding source(s) [if applicable].
  • Availability of additional information regarding the activity (e.g., links to article(s), website) [if applicable].
  • Additional information regarding the activity (e.g., measureable outcome(s) pertaining to the public, such as number of patients reached, patient outcomes, number of opiate overdoses prevented; other outcomes; success stories; future plans) (No more than 500 words).
  • Point person at the college or school to contact regarding the activity.*
  • Contact email of the point person at the college or school to contact regarding the activity.*

*Information that will be provided to the academy

How will AACP be collecting information from its members on the activities to combat the opioid epidemic?

AACP will be collecting information from its members on their activities to combat the opioid epidemic online at AACP Collection of Opioid Activities. AACP encourages the administration, faculty, and staff at each institution to work collectively to ensure that all activities are reported and that each activity is reported only once. AACP staff will be monitoring information as it is submitted and will contact the submitter with any questions or comments regarding the submissions.

Will multiple activities to combat the opioid epidemic be accepted for a college or school of pharmacy?

Yes, multiple activities to combat the opioid epidemic will be accepted for each college or school of pharmacy.  In addition, more than one person from a college or school of pharmacy may submit an activity to combat the opioid epidemic. AACP encourages the administration, faculty, and staff at each institution to work collectively to ensure that all activities are reported and that each activity is reported only once.  AACP staff will be monitoring information as it is submitted and will contact the submitter with any questions or comments regarding the submissions.

Does the college or school of pharmacy’s activity to combat the opioid epidemic have to be submitted by the CEO Dean or another part of the institution’s administration?

No, the college or school of pharmacy’s activity to combat the opioid epidemic does not have to be submitted by the CEO Dean or another part of the institution’s administration. Anyone from a college or school of pharmacy may submit one or more activities pertaining to this area. However, AACP encourages the administration, faculty, and staff at each institution to work collectively to ensure that all activities are reported and that each activity is reported only once. AACP staff will be monitoring information as it is submitted and will contact the submitter with any questions or comments regarding the submissions.

When will AACP be collecting information from its members on the activities to combat the opioid epidemic?

AACP will be collecting information from its members on their activities to combat the opioid epidemic starting Sunday, July 22, 2018.  The collection of activities will run for two (2) months and will conclude on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

What will AACP do with the collection of activities combating the opioid epidemic?

AACP plans to share a portion of the information from the collected activities with its membership with the goals of:

  • promoting the activities of the academy;
  • sharing successful practices; and
  • encouraging future partnerships and collaborations (within and external to academic pharmacy).

AACP will evaluate and determine which activities will be shared with members. Not all submissions will be shared with members.
 

What information regarding the collected activities will be made available to AACP members?

AACP anticipates that the following information will be available to AACP members:

  • Brief description of the activity combatting the opioid epidemic, including the purpose/goal of the activity (The description will be no more than 250 words.  An activity may be a collaboration, initiative, lecture, partnership, or program.  An activity may be in the area of advocacy, education, teaching, practice, research, and/or service. It can be internal to the college or school of pharmacy (e.g., activity targeting students, faculty, staff, and/or administration) or external to the college or school of pharmacy).
  • Point person at the college or school to contact regarding the activity.
  • Contact email of the point person at the college or school to contact regarding the activity.

The format for how this information will be made available to AACP members will be determined by AACP staff during the third and fourth quarters 2018. AACP will evaluate and determine which activities will be shared with members. Not all submissions will be shared with members.

The other activity information collected by AACP will be kept confidential and may be utilized by AACP staff for outreach to external audiences and other purposes (e.g., generation of Academic Pharmacy Now articles).

When will the collected activities be made available to AACP members?

AACP anticipates that the following information will be available to AACP members sometime during the 4th quarter 2018:

  • Brief description of the activity combatting the opioid epidemic, including the purpose/goal of the activity (The description will be no more than 250 words.  An activity may be a collaboration, initiative, lecture, partnership, or program.  An activity may be in the area of advocacy, education, teaching, practice, research, and/or service.  It can be internal to the college or school of pharmacy (e.g., activity targeting students, faculty, staff, and/or administration) or external to the college or school of pharmacy. ).
  • Point person at the college or school to contact regarding the activity
  • Contact email of the point person at the college or school to contact regarding the activity

The other activity information collected by AACP will kept confidential and utilized by AACP staff for outreach to external audiences and other purposes (e.g., generation of Academic Pharmacy Now articles).

Who should be contacted with questions regarding the AACP collection of activities to combat the opioid epidemic?

Any questions regarding the AACP collection of activities to combat the opioid epidemic should be sent to opioid@aacp.org. Several AACP staff members will have access to this email address and will strive to answer all inquiries within 2 business days.