Substance Use Disorders: Stigma, Harm Reduction, and Role of the Pharmacist


The presentation will focus on areas where pharmacy can play key pivotal roles in the healthcare delivery to the Substance Use Disorder patient. Many patients are not completely ready to surrender substance use and as healthcare providers, we need to accept this. We need to meet the patient “where they are” and provide all we can to improve their quality of life.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the definition and background of harm reduction in the management of patients with substance use disorders (SUDs)
  • Discuss how to reduce societal stigma surrounding treatment and harm reduction associated with SUDs
  • Describe case examples of patients who benefit from low threshold or harm reduction care to keep them engaged, and to lower the risks associated with ongoing substance use
  • Examine the comprehensive harm reduction and syringe services programs developed by the Virginia Department of Health
  • Identify opportunities for integrating harm reduction into your own practice


Charlie Tarasidis, PharmD
Pharmacy Innovation and Outreach
Carilion Clinic

Breanne Forbes Hubbard, MPH
Population Health Manager
Mount Rogers Health District, VDH

Shannon Danny Clawson, MPH
Executive Director
Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition

Registration Rates

VPhA Member: $20
Non-Member: $35

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