Naloxone 911: Strategies for Community Pharmacists


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 for epidemic-ending intervention 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 them. 

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
Thomas Franko, PharmD, BCACP
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Community-Based Pharmacy Practice, Early New Practitioner, Pharmacist Clinical Patient Care Services
Session Time Slot(s): 
Saturday, March 21
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Gaylord National Resort - National Harbor 2
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-20-053-L08-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.15
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