" Medical Providers may have the opportunity to maximize patient quality of life by providing prescription opioids, yet those same medicines have contributed to the fact that drug overdose has overtaken motor vehicle crashes as the #1 cause of injury death in the United States." (prescribetoprevent.org)
Providers can consider taking the stance of "risky medicines," instead of "risky patients" and engage in proactive dialogue with patients to minimize poisoning, oversedation, and overdose risk with patients who need opioid medications to improve their quality of life. Discussing an emergency overdose/poisoning/oversedation plan and naloxone prescribing is an essential component of keeping patients alive. (prescribetoprevent.org)
It is also essential to consider the potential impact that these medications may have on others in the home including children. Children are at risk of accidental exposure to these potentially lethal medications any time they are in the homes where they live. Think of the "one pill can kill" substances, opioids are in that class of substances.
Assessing Overdose Risk and Patient History:
Prescribing naloxone is legal in the state of Utah. Consider prescribing it to your patients and their families. There is no Physician-Patient Relationship required.
In the state of Utah, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who have prescribing authority may prescribe and distribute naloxone rescue kits to anyone at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose or at risk of witnessing an opioid overdose according to UT code § 26-55-101
For Questions or to Obtain a Naloxone Rescue Kit: