Expert: Hospital Pharmacists Play a Critical Role in Offsetting Opioid Addiction Levels

September is National Recovery Month, so Pharmacy Times interviewed Rich Dion, PharmD, of Wolters Kluwer, Health, on the critical role of the hospital pharmacist in ongoing efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

September is National Recovery Month, so Pharmacy Times interviewed Rich Dion, PharmD, pharmacy clinical program manager for clinical surveillance and compliance at Wolters Kluwer, Health, on the critical role hospital pharmacy plays in offsetting opioid addiction levels.

During the discussion, Dion addressed the role of hospital pharmacies in the management of opioid prescriptions, key steps that hospital pharmacies can take to help prevent unnecessary initial exposure to opioids, how opioid stewardship programs can help to optimize patient medications, and what the value of the hospital pharmacist is in the ongoing effort to fight the opioid epidemic.