Fighting the Opioid Crisis with Cannabinoids
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One of the biggest public health crises facing America is substance-use disorders. Resulting in nearly 20,000 deaths a year - more deadly than gun violence - opioid use is one of the most troublesome.
The consequences are profound, impacting individuals and families no matter where they live, how much they earn, or how old they are. And the impact is broad, affecting social services, the health care system, communities, and the economy.
The role of the pharmacist
Pharmacists are opioids’ gatekeepers and stand between the patient and pain relief. Pharmacists, according to Wilson M. Compton, MD, MPE, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health, are in an advantageous position to help reduce the availability of prescription opioids. Being involved in the “frontlines of co-prescribing” positions pharmacists to engage in a collaborative care approach with the prescribing physician and the patient. Multiple national pharmacy organizations have advocated for the pharmacists' role in the opioid crisis. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) states, “Pharmacists have the unique knowledge, skills and responsibilities for assuming an important role in substance abuse prevention, education, and assistance. Pharmacists, as health care providers, should be actively involved in reducing the negative effects that substance abuse has on society, health systems and the pharmacy profession.”
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*Article excerpted from Ananda Professional