Overdose risks of over the counter and prescription medication use
DRNS hosted an online event on the 14th December 2022 on overdose risks of over the counter and prescription medication use and the role of pharmacies in overdose prevention. The event included a panel of speakers:
- Roz Gittins, President, College of Mental Health Pharmacy
- Debs Steven, Lead Pharmacist, Fife Pain Management Service & Programme Director for the High Risk Pain Medicines Patient Safety programme, NHS Fife
- Dr Rebecca Foster, Lecturer in Criminology, Edinburgh Napier University
- Joe Schofield, Research Fellow, University of Stirling
- Professor Tessa Parkes, DRNS Co-Deputy Convenor and University of Stirling
Speakers presented on a collection of related research studies that have explored the needs of people who are prescribed opioids for chronic non cancer pain or who take over the counter and prescription only medications, and the potential for new interventions to reduce risk and harms delivered by community pharmacists.
Presenters are happy for slide decks to be shared on request – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
Download: Prescription Opioid Overdose Risk Briefing Document
You can also access a recently published paper relating to one study in this research area here.