Member Publication: Pharmacists Should Treat Patients Who Have Opioid Use Disorders, Not Police Them

Opiate epidemic

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Please check out the recent publication by OOW member Elizabeth Chiarello:

Chiarello, Elizabeth. 2021. “Pharmacists Should Treat Patients Who Have Opioid Use Disorders, Not Police Them.” Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Online First.

Abstract

Pharmacists are caught in the throes of a relentless overdose crisis that has already claimed half a million lives and threatens to claim thousands more. The addiction treatment system is fragmented and inadequate to meet demand. Few physicians provide medications for opioid use disorder (MOUDs), the most effective form of evidence-based treatment, and insufficient treatment options leave patients vulnerable to overdose.

Pharmacists routinely interact with patients who have OUD but lack ways to treat them. The primary tools that pharmacists have received to curb the crisis are prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), big data surveillance technologies that they can use to track patients’ medication acquisition patterns. Pharmacists like PDMPs because they…

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