The GP role in making naloxone more accessible to patients
On-demand recorded 17 Jun 2020
The number of opioid related deaths in Australia has been steadily increasing over the past 17 years. Take home naloxone is an effective intervention for preventing opioid overdose morbidity and mortality. GPs are a highly trusted source of health information and well-placed to discuss the risks of overdose from opioids (including pharmaceutical opioids); how to reduce risk factors; and how to reverse an overdose with naloxone. The COVID-19 pandemic further increases the need for community access to naloxone, due to changes in health behaviours and access to opioid drugs.
- Discuss the value of naloxone for patients at risk of witnessing or experiencing opioid overdose.
- Be aware of the epidemiology of opioid overdose mortality in Australia and the role of GPs in reducing overdose harm.
- Be aware of Take Home Naloxone programs in NSW, and how GPs can encourage patients at risk of witnessing or experiencing opioid overdose to obtain a free supply of naloxone supply.
- Recount the elements of an effective naloxone education intervention for relevant patients including opioid overdose prevention, identification and emergency response, including administration of naloxone.
Dr Tim Senior
Dr Tim Senior is a GP at the Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation in South West Sydney. He is Medical Advisor to the RACGP in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and is a clinical senior lecturer in general practice and Indigenous Health at the University of Western Sydney.
Dr Hester Wilson
FAChAM, Chair RACGP Specific Interests Addiction Medicine
Dr Hester Wilson is a GP, addiction specialist and Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Addiction Medicine.
Hester has many years’ experience working with people with addiction issues in both general practice and specialist settings and the lead clinician in the GP liaison in alcohol and other drugs (GLAD) project in South East Sydney Local Health District.
She is a Conjoint Lecturer and PhD candidate, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales.