Pharmacist-led health-system approaches to reduce opioid overdose and death

Utah ranks in the top 10 states for prescription opioid overdose deaths in the United States,1,2 and in 2016, overdose deaths were declared a public health emergency.3 We describe pharmacist-led efforts in drug disposal, naloxone access, and emergency department (ED) naloxone dispensing over a 2-year period within Intermountain Healthcare, a not-for-profit health system of 22 hospitals, 185 clinics, 25 community pharmacies, and a health plans division (SelectHealth).

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Utah ranks in the top 10 states for prescription opioid overdose deaths in the United States,1,2 and in 2016, overdose deaths were declared a public health emergency.3 We describe pharmacist-led efforts in drug disposal, naloxone access, and emergency department (ED) naloxone dispensing over a 2-year period within Intermountain Healthcare, a not-for-profit health system of 22 hospitals, 185 clinics, 25 community pharmacies, and a health plans division (SelectHealth).