Evaluation of naloxone furnishing community pharmacies in San Francisco

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In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 47,600 deaths as a result of opioid overdose in the United States. In an effort to reduce these deaths, California passed legislation providing pharmacists with the ability to furnish naloxone without a prescription. Our study examined pharmacies in San Francisco that furnished naloxone and provided guidance for pharmacies seeking to develop similar programs. The study aims were to (1) identify the legal, structural, social-environmental, and financial components of a pharmacy model that allows for successful naloxone distribution, (2) evaluate the attitudes and beliefs of pharmacy staff members toward patients receiving or requesting naloxone, and (3) assess relationships between these attitudes and beliefs and naloxone furnishing at the pharmacy.

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Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
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S1544-3191(19)X0014-X

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In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 47,600 deaths as a result of opioid overdose in the United States. In an effort to reduce these deaths, California passed legislation providing pharmacists with the ability to furnish naloxone without a prescription. Our study examined pharmacies in San Francisco that furnished naloxone and provided guidance for pharmacies seeking to develop similar programs. The study aims were to (1) identify the legal, structural, social-environmental, and financial components of a pharmacy model that allows for successful naloxone distribution, (2) evaluate the attitudes and beliefs of pharmacy staff members toward patients receiving or requesting naloxone, and (3) assess relationships between these attitudes and beliefs and naloxone furnishing at the pharmacy.