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2020 Apr 22

J Am Pharm Assoc (2003)

Revisiting pharmacy-based naloxone with pharmacists and naloxone consumers in 2 states: 2017 perspectives and evolving approaches.


Green TC, Donovan E, Klug B, Case P, Baird J, Burstein D, Tapper A, Walley AY, Bratberg J
J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2020 Apr 22.
PMID: 32334964.


Pharmacies provide accessible sources of naloxone to caregivers, patients taking opioids, and individuals using drugs. While laws permit expanded pharmacy naloxone access, prior work identified barriers like concerns about stigma of addiction and time constraints that inhibit scale-up. We sought to examine similarities and differences in experiences obtaining naloxone at the pharmacy over a 1-year period in 2 states, and to explore reactions from people with opioid use disorder, patients taking opioids for chronic pain, caregivers of opioid users, and pharmacists to communication tools and patient outreach materials designed to improve naloxone uptake.