Primary care naloxone and opioid co-prescribing reduces emergency visits

From the Pharmaceutical Journal:

To assess the feasibility of co-prescribing naloxone in primary care, researchers undertook a non-randomised study across six clinics in San Francisco, California. They trained staff in naloxone prescribing and encouraged them to offer it to all patients on long-term opioids for pain.

Over two years, 759 (38%) out of 1,985 patients received naloxone. These patients had 47% fewer opioid-related emergency department visits in the six months after prescription and 63% fewer visits at one year compared with patients who were not given naloxone.

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