Primary Care and Chronic Pain Settings
Medical providers can engage in proactive dialogue with patients to minimize poisoning, over sedation, and overdose risk with patients who need opioid medications to improve function. Discussing an emergency overdose/poisoning/oversedation plan and naloxone prescribing is an essential component of that dialogue.
In order to gauge overdose risk and patient history, providers can:
- Review medications
- Take a substance use history
- Check the prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP)
- Take an overdose history – Ask your patient whether they have:
- Overdosed or had a bad reaction to taking opioid medications?
- Witnessed an overdose?
- Received training to prevent, recognize, or respond to an overdose or medication-related oversedation?
For more resources and clinical guidance about prescribing naloxone, please visit http://prescribetoprevent.org/prescribers/palliative/