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a pharmacist dispensary shelves imageMay 11 2018

Community pharmacy should have a role in helping local areas respond to incidents linked with use of fentanyl and other potent steroids.

Public Health England’s guidance, ‘Fentanyl: preparing for a future threat’, sets out actions that local areas can take to develop plans for quick responses to incidents where the drugs are being used illicitly.

Among the actions PHE advises is for areas to have sufficient supplies of naloxone as an emergency antidote for overdoses caused by heroin and other opiates and opioids such as methadone, morphine and fentanyl.

“More take-home naloxone should be made more readily available, from a wider range of outlets, to people who might need it and are not in contact with treatment. This will be especially important if potent opioids return to any area,” it says. 

“Outlets and routes to boost naloxone supply to people who need it most might include: community pharmacies, outreach workers, hostels and other services for homeless people, and peer-to-peer distribution.”

PHE also recommends that community pharmacies should be involved in providing safer drug use massages to drug users who may be at heightened risk , for example “because supplies are adulterated or because people are more likely to be vulnerable, for instance at Christmas.”

Rather than use posters to convey the messages, local areas and services should select and adapt drug safety messages “according to their circumstances, user populations and the particular incident. They should incorporate them in other communications, peer-to-peer messaging, and not just with drug services, but with other frontline services, such as:

  • homeless hostels, shelters, outreach
  • community pharmacies
  • hospital emergency departments.”

Links:
PHE announcement      
PHE ‘Guidance for local areas on planning to deal with fentanyl or another potent opioid’           

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