Opioid Crisis Patient Services

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One of the largest health epidemics facing the United States today is substance abuse disorders. Resulting in nearly 20,000 deaths each year, more than gun violence. The consequences impact individuals and families, no matter where they live, work or how old they are. The impact doesn’t stop there it puts a burden on community’s, social services, healthcare systems and the economy.

1. Naloxone

Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug (i.e. prescription pain medication or heroin).

Naloxone Dispensing:

  • Lifesaving Naloxone is dispensed at the pharmacy immediately, using PA physician general standing order.
  • Physician General standing order provides us with the ability to dispense naloxone at the point of sale with no waiting.
  • Insurance is billed, usually no copay with state medical assistance insurances.
  • Offered to all patients getting any opioid drug, you may not need it but someone you know may need it.
  • Offered to all patients participating in the clean needle program at Hilltop Pharmacy.
  • Written instructions and verbal consultations on use of Naloxone nasal spray. The proper use of Nasal Naloxone
  • No questions asked or judgements, because you may be the person to save a life.

2. Buprenorphine/Naloxone Dispensing

Hilltop Pharmacy only dispenses Buprenorphine/Naloxone combination medications for addiction treatment. Medical exception on made for pregnancy and documented allergy to naloxone. Patient consent form.

  • Buprenorphine is an opioid but has less effects than other opioids. People addicted to other opioids, while using buprenorphine are able to discontinue abuse with minimized withdrawal.

  • Because of the concerns that buprenorphine used in the treatment of opioid dependence would be diverted and abused. Naloxone was added to precipitate the withdrawal in intravenous (IV) use.

  • Buprenorphine/Naloxone is dispensed as either films and tablets.

  • Written as well as verbal consultation is provided in private room.

  • Coupons for the medication are utilized to reduce the out of pocket cost to the patient.

  • All controlled substance prescriptions are monitored through PA, OH and WV Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP).

4. Educational Resources

Educational seminars and services are available to the community that cover:

  • Naloxone dispensing and use.
  • Dosing of opioids or morphine equivalent dosing.
  • Referral to substance abuse treatment.
  • Drug disposal information and collection.