Maximising Opioid Safety

Overdose prevention information for people prescribed opioids for chronic pain - Enhancing community pharmacists capacity to respond

Over the past two decades, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of deaths worldwide from prescription opioid use, and in Australia, opioid-related deaths have almost doubled in the decade since 2007.

Turning Point and MARC researchers reviewed existing pharmacist training materials and found a lack of resources were available to support them in talking to patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain about overdose prevention.

Many patients prescribed opioids were unaware of the role of naloxone – a drug used to reverse the effects of opioids, and most pharmacists never offered naloxone to patients citing overdose as a low priority and a lack of tools available to support their conversations with patients.

This has led to the development of a range of resources to encourage conversations on opioid safety. The resources include a poster and five-minute animation for pharmacists, and an easy to use quick-reference leaflet and three-minute animation for patients

The new materials are an important tool in educating pharmacists and patients on the use of naloxone for pharmaceutical opioids, and as part of a broader solution to reduce opioid-related deaths.

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Project partners

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Project funder

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)


Naloxone information for people who are prescribed opioids

This animation has been created for people prescribed opioids for chronic pain, or anyone interested in learning more about prescription opioid safety. Naloxone is a life-saving medicine that reverses the effects of opioids in case of an emergency, while you wait for an ambulance. If you'd like to know more about opioid safety or naloxone, speak with your pharmacist or GP, and download the 'maximising opioid safety' leaflet.


Naloxone information for pharmacists who dispense prescription opioids

This animation has been created for pharmacists who dispense prescribed opioids for chronic pain. Naloxone is a life-saving medicine that reverses the effects of opioids in case of an emergency, while you wait for an ambulance. For more information, please see the 'maximising opioid safety' leaflet and 'naloxone' poster for pharmacists.



More resources about opioid safety and naloxone:
PSA Naloxone Guidance Document: https://my.psa.org.au/s/article/Naloxone-S3-guidance-document
Search 'naloxone' on NPS Medicinewise: https://www.nps.org.au/
Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service: https://www.dacas.org.au/


Project research staff: Isabelle Volpe, A/Prof Victoria Manning, Dr Michael Savic, A/Prof Suzanne Nielsen and Jarrod McMaugh.