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  • Background. At some point, everyone ponders whether the “War on Drugs” will ever end? Didn’t the “Just Say No” campaign eradicate addiction, drug overdoses, and drug diversion? When should healthcare professionals expand their respective knowledge base on substances of abuse? Just. Say. NOW.

    Program Description. This 19.75 hour specialty certification, consisting of 13 activities/modules, will be an in-depth exploration of substances of abuse including dynamic pharmacology aspects for all healthcare professionals to immediately utilize to improve their own respective patient care.
    About Mark Garofoli, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, CPE:

    Mark, a.k.a. “Thug Drug Guy” or “Pain Guy”, works tirelessly to improve patient care in pain management, whether one-on-one with a patient, or in educating masses of healthcare professionals across the country as a certified pain educator (CPE). He began his career with a decade of community pharmacy practice with CVS Health while also “climbing the corporate ladder”. Eventually he made the decision to switch gears and focus more on clinical aspects by joining Humana Healthcare to perform medication therapy management (MTM) for 6 years.

    In 2015, Mark joined the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Pharmacy to develop an MTM program focusing on pain management, which then evolved into a managed care program performing reviews of patient’s pain management treatment plans. He created the West Virginia Expert Pain Management Panel, which developed the state pain management guidelines (www.sempguidelines.org). Currently, he is a clinical assistant professor and Director of Experiential Learning for the WVU School of Pharmacy, while also practicing as a clinical pain management pharmacist at the WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management.

    Mark has been a consultant in the fields of substances of abuse, drug diversion, substance-use disorder (addiction), and pain management on many different avenues such as being a grant reviewer for the CDC, an expert witness in multiple criminal and civil court cases, numerous interviews and articles locally and nationally, and recently was the recipient of the West Virginia GenerationRx Award. He enjoys the many blessings in his life with his beautiful and beyond intelligent wife, Dr. Gretchen Garofoli, and his son Luke in Morgantown, West Virginia.

    Some important notes to remember regarding the Substances of Abuse Specialty Pharmacist (SASP) Certification:
    • Registration costs $189 for members, $289 for non-members
    • The final certification exam consists of 100 unique multiple choice questions
    • A minimum score of 70% is required to obtain your Certificate of Completion
    • You have only three (3) attempts to pass the final certification exam
    • You may not leave the final certification exam in the middle and return at a later time
    • The final certification exam has no time limit; however, we recommend that you write the answers down in case you lose your Internet connection of get interrupted while taking the exam
    • You will earn continuing education credit as you complete each activity, totaling 19.75 credits upon final completion of all activities
    • You will have 12 months to complete the specialty certification before it expires from your account
    • This series certification is NOT accredited for pharmacy technicians and nurses
     

    Requirements

    Substances of Abuse Specialty Pharmacist