Naloxone to the Rescue: The Pharmacist's Emerging Role in Preventing Opioid Overdose


The opioid crisis rages on. With drug overdose as the leading cause of death due to unintentional injury in the United States—and opioids the most common cause of fatal overdoses—the time to thwart the epidemic is now. Through proper medication management, overdose risk reduction education, and provision of naloxone rescue kits to the community, pharmacists can play a vital role. Learn about the existing laws pertaining to naloxone, the available products, and the logistics of dispensing naloxone.



Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe strategies and legislation aimed at reducing the growth of opioid-related overdose.
  2. Identify patients at risk of opioid overdose.
  3. Distinguish among the different naloxone formulations, mechanisms of action, and safety and efficacy profiles.
  4. Illustrate pharmacist communication strategies in educating patients about naloxone and dispensing naloxone without a prescription.
Anita Jacobson, PharmD
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Rhode Island
Lucas Hill, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Clinical Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Pharmacist Clinical Patient Care Services, Community-Based Pharmacy Practice
Session Time Slot(s): 
Sunday, March 24
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Washington State Convention Center - Room 608-609
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-19-065-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: .15
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