What is it about?

Pharmacists are arguably the most informed stakeholders in the opioid crisis, but many are unclear of their role to intervene for patient safety. This evidence-based training program encourages pharmacists to take a more prominent role for opioid safety. Identification, communication, and motivation skills are relayed through an hour-long, self-paced online training program called RESPOND (Resources Encouraging Safety Prescription Opioid and Naloxone Dispensing). Participants in the RESPOND pilot study showed significant, strong improvement in knowledge, and moderate improvements in perceived behavioral control (aka, belief that they have the power to intervene) and self-efficacy. The RESPOND training is now widely available as a Continuing Education course through Oregon State University.

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Why is it important?

The opioid crisis has claimed millions of lives across the United States. High and, at times, inappropriate prescribing of opioids has resulted in preventable opioid dependency for many more. Community pharmacists have direct access to the patient population and advanced knowledge of pharmacology and impacts of opioid use. Yet, many pharmacists fail to understand the power of their role to intervene on behalf of patient safety. This training is a cost-effective, flexible solution to provide pharmacists the self-efficacy and skills to positively impact public health and potentially save lives.


This is one of the most important, rewarding projects I've ever worked on. I'm endlessly proud of the positive impact our pharmacists have had on their communities after participating in this program.

Senior Research Associate Lindsey M Alley
Oregon Health and Science University Foundation

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This page is a summary of: Development and pilot of a prescription drug monitoring program and communication intervention for pharmacists, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, October 2020, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.12.023.
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