Summer holiday. A mere 10 articles this month!
1) Community pharmacist knowledge, attitudes and confidence regarding naloxone for overdosereversal.
Nielsen S, Menon N, Larney S, Farrell M, Degenhardt L.
Addiction. 2016 Jul 1. doi: 10.1111/add.13517. [Epub ahead of print]
Comment: Most pharmacists in Australia would provide naloxone, but a minority feel comfortable selecting patients and educating about naloxone use and overdose.
2) Nonrandomized Intervention Study of Naloxone Coprescription for Primary Care Patients Receiving Long-Term Opioid Therapy for Pain.
Coffin PO, Behar E, Rowe C, Santos GM, Coffa D, Bald M, Vittinghoff E.
Ann Intern Med. 2016 Jun 28. doi: 10.7326/M15-2771. [Epub ahead of print]
Comment: Naloxone can be successfully prescribed to primary care patients on longterm opioids for chronic pain, and receipt of naloxone is associated with a remarkable reduction in opioid-related emergency department visits.
Sharma B, Bruner A, Barnett G, Fishman M.
Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2016 Jul;25(3):473-87. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2016.03.002. Epub 2016 Apr 9. Review.
Comment: Review of opioid use disorder and treatments.
4) Predictors of seeking emergency medical help during overdose events in a provincial naloxone distribution programme: a retrospective analysis.
Ambrose G, Amlani A, Buxton JA.
BMJ Open. 2016 Jun 21;6(6):e011224. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011224.
Comment: Respondents administering naloxone to overdoses on the street were more likely to call for medical assistance than those doing so in a private residence. This makes a lot of sense. Imaging if giving a breathing treatment for asthma in a home versus on the street – the latter setting is more likely to result in seeking assistance.