States have responded to opioid crisis by empowering pharmacists to dispense naloxone following assessment criteria defined by a standing order issued by a State health director. Naloxone is a prescription medicine that reverses the effects of opioids. Naloxone saves lives by acting quickly to stop the potentially deadly effect of opioid overexposure on breathing rate. Naloxone saves lives by acting quickly to stop the potentially deadly effect of opioid overexposure on breathing rate.
The project will engage a small group of pharmacy champions for opioid safety to support each other in implementing an efficient process to increase communication with patients on opioid risk, identify potentially risky opioid use patterns and provide naloxone when appropriate. Interested pharmacies can participate for free and benefit from 4 hours of opioid safety continuing education, printed naloxone dispensing resources kit and monthly coaching support.
Opioid Safety at the Pharmacy Learning Modules
Module 1: Your Quality Improvement Team
Module 2: Opioid Risks and the Population of Focus
Module 3: SMART Goals and Measuring Performance
Module 4: The Plan Do Study Act Cycle
Module 5: Communicating Opioid Risk and Naloxone Recommendations
Module 6: The Root Cause Analysis and Prioritizing Change
Module 7: Displaying Performance Data
Opioid Safety Resources
Naloxone Standing Order and Product Information
Guidelines and Clinical Resources
Patient Family and Caregiver Resources
Free Continuing Pharmacy Education
For more information contact:
Michael Crooks, PharmD.
Pharmacy Interventions, Technical Lead