4 Things Pharmacists Can Do Amid the Opioid Abuse Crisis

APRIL 20, 2016
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
Opioid abuse has been garnering more attention as the public and private sectors take steps to address the increasing number of opioid-related overdose deaths.

For instance, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new explain what “as needed” means on medication labels. Patients should know that they can take less, but not more, than the maximum amount of medication listed on the label for a 24-hour period.

As the gatekeepers for prescription painkillers, pharmacists play a key role in preventing and identifying opioid misuse and abuse.

The problem is personal for Massachusetts Pharmacists Association President Karen Horbowicz, PharmD, RPh, BCPS, as she was held up at gunpoint by a drug seeker a few years ago.

Here are Dr. Horbowicz’s tips for pharmacists to address the issue.