Opioid Dispensing Practices Among Marin County Pharmacists

Thank you very much for agreeing to participate in our Marin County Department of Health and Human Services survey. Prescription drug misuse and abuse has been identified as a public health priority in Marin County. Pharmacists are key partners in the effort to reduce prescription drug overdose and abuse.

We are conducting this short survey to better understand the role of pharmacists in opioid dispensing practices in our community. This survey should take 5-7 minutes. Your response, as a pharmacist, will help us understand how to better address this public health issue.

* 1. Which statement most accurately reflects your experience dispensing opioid prescriptions?

* 2. When dispensing opioid medications, how often do you employ the following practices?

  Always or almost always Often Sometimes Never or almost never Not applicable
Confirm the patient's identity
Review CURES report
Verify dose with prescribing physician
Use patient educational tools (e.g., handouts) regarding safe opioid use
Discuss drug interactions and adverse effects

* 3. What barriers, if any, prevent your pharmacy from employing the practices listed above?

* 4. Have you ever declined to dispense a controlled substance for which a patient had a prescription?

* 5. Does your pharmacy offer a safe medicine disposal program for controlled substances?

* 6. What barriers, if any, prevent your pharmacy from offering a safe medicine disposal program?  (Please check the top three barriers)

* 7. Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent overdose of opioids such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. Since January 27, 2016, pharmacists in California can legally furnish naloxone without a prescription.

Does your pharmacy...

  Yes No I don't know
Have staff trained to dispense naloxone?
Dispense naloxone without a prescription [in the past 12 months]?
Offer consultation or written information to patients on how to administer naloxone?
Have interest in learning more about naloxone?

* 8. What barriers, if any, prevent your pharmacy from furnishing naloxone? (Please check the top three barriers.)

* 9. What kinds of tools or training would you find most helpful?

* 10. How would you describe your pharmacy practice?

* 11. What is your role in the pharmacy?

* 12. Where do you primarily practice?

* 13. Any other comments or questions you would like to share with us?

* 14. Thank you!!
Thank you for agreeing to participate in this survey for the Marin County Department of Health & Human Services and RxSafe Marin. We appreciate and value your time and input. We want this survey to be informative and help guide efforts to reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse. If you are interested in participating in or learning more about RxSafe Marin, go to http://www.rxsafemarin.org.

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