Lessons from pharmacists about opioid overdose prevention efforts
As New Jersey continues to invest in solutions to treat opioid dependence and prevent overdose deaths, the Camden Coalition is working locally to assist with the expansion of medications for addiction treatment (MAT) access and explore opportunities for prevention of opioid misuse through data-sharing and pharmacy engagement. As part of this effort, the Camden Coalition engages local pharmacists to learn about how they support patients at risk of opioid misuse and overdose. Pharmacists have shared stories of their successes as well as the clinical and systemic barriers they are facing. These resources are based on insights from participating pharmacists:
- Pharmacists’ insights into their role in preventing opioid overdose outlines key lessons, including the importance of pharmacists as educators, the need for coordination between prescribers and pharmacists, the value of co-prescribing and ensuring insurance coverage for naloxone, and the impact of opioid regulations on accessing MAT.
- Talking to patients about naloxone: Insights from pharmacists in Camden, NJ provides talking points and strategies for connecting with patients at risk of opioid overdose, and lists resources for further reading.