Community Pharmacy Cares Deeply About Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction
In recent years, Dane County has seen a significant increase in the number of opioid overdoses and deaths caused by them. This problem is affecting individuals of all walks of life and Community Pharmacy attempts to do whatever we can to help.
Thanks to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Community Pharmacy on State Street has been a participating site in the Lifepoint needle exchange program for years. This way, users of intravenous drugs can reduce their risk of infection or exposure to many illnesses by having clean needles to use. Non-users also benefit from the program via decreased risk of exposure to infected needles.
More recently, in conjunction with local addiction treatment specialist Dr. Randall Brown, we have started dispensing naloxone to interested customers. Naloxone (brand name, Narcan) can be a life saver in an opioid overdose scenario. If administered in a timely manner, naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose within minutes of administration.
Individuals who use heroin are not the only people at risk of an opioid overdose. Anyone who is managing pain with high doses of opiates like hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco), oxycodone (Oxycontin, Roxicet), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), fentanyl (Duragesic), or morphine (Kadian, MS Contin) is at risk of overdose.
If you’re concerned about yourself or someone close to you, please consider coming into Community Pharmacy and obtaining an overdose reversal kit. Some prescription drug insurance plans will even cover the cost of naloxone.
Learn more About opioid overdose prevention
For Pharmacists looking to start a naloxone program
Prescribe To Prevent (P2P)
Community Pharmacy’s Naloxone Protocol (Feel free to use it as an example or template)