Resources for Pharmacists

Naloxone | Screening | CSRS

These videos, specifically designed for a pharmacist audience, explore a range of topics to help better understand ways to reduce the risk of unintentional opioid overdose deaths. Utilizing the statewide standing order to dispense naloxone, making use of screening tools, and understanding how to clinically apply the information found in the Controlled Substance Reporting System are all ways pharmacists can reduce risk.

This brief video highlights how pharmacies in North Carolina can be part of the solution to the rising rates of blood-borne infections like Hepatitis C, HIV, and endocarditis stemming from an increase of injection drug use. Dr. Cheryl Viracola shares some of the common misconceptions that influence a pharmacist’s decision to restrict or refuse to sell syringes and provides the evidence to support the critical role pharmacists play in reducing disease burden caused by injection drug use simply by promoting the non-discriminatory sale of syringes.

In this video you will learn about fentanyl test strips from the Executive Director of Holler Harm Reduction. With the increased presence of fentanyl in methamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA, pressed pills, and ketamine, fentanyl test strips are in high demand and harm reduction programs must partner with local pharmacies. As trusted community resources on medical information, pharmacists have the ability to connect with individuals and provide lifesaving information in collaboration with harm reduction groups.

This brief video discusses the role pharmacists can play in responding to the opioid crisis by increasing access to naloxone. As you may know, naloxone is an opioid antagonist that is administered both by laypersons and health professionals in emergency situations to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Pharmacists can play an important role in identifying patients who may be at higher risk for an opioid overdose. In this video, Dr. Viracola shares two strategies you can use to help identify your patients at the highest risk for opioid overdose and misuse. These strategies include the revised Overdose Risk Tool (ORT-R) and the Risk Index for Overdose or Serious Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression (RIOSORD).  

This brief video highlights North Carolina’s prescription drug monitoring program, the Controlled Substance Reporting System (CSRS). The CSRS is a powerful tool at your fingertips to help improve opioid safety. In this brief video, Dr. Reinstein will review a few of the recent CSRS enhancements which can help you use the CSRS as a clinical tool in your pharmacy practice to improve opioid patient safety.

ACCREDITATION: This video is a project of the Governor’s Institute supported by funding from the North Carolina Division of Public Health Injury and Violence Prevention Branch and the Centers for Disease Control. Collaboration and content development provided by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

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