Pharmacist-Driven Opioid Safety
November 2017 - Vol. 14 No. 11 - Page #14

Without appropriate monitoring, opioid pain medications carry a catastrophic risk of addiction and overdose. For almost a decade, our 500-bed, community teaching hospital in Western Pennsylvania has run a pharmacist-driven pain management team, the Acute Pain Service, to ensure the appropriate, safe use of opioid pain medications. Over the years, the team has taken on additional responsibilities, including order set development and monitoring of naloxone use.

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