Project Proposal: Impact of Community Pharmacist Intervention on Concurrent Benzodiazepine and Opioid Prescribing Patterns
“Opioids and benzodiazepines, used alone or in combination, have been identified as the most common pharmaceuticals involved in the majority of drug-related deaths.”
Dr. Luchen is a PGY1 community pharmacy resident with the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and Balls Food Stores in Olathe, KS. The subject of her project, medication misuse or abuse, is considered a public health crisis. The purpose of her study is to examine the impact of pharmacist intervention on opioid and benzodiazepine co-prescribing patterns through communications with prescribers using fax or the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN). Dr. Luchen believes this is an opportunity to examine the effects of using various tools to facilitate interdisciplinary communications.
Georgia Luchen emphasizes that "as pharmacists we have a responsibility to protect the public to the best of our abilities, and ensure effective collaboration between the members of the patient care team. Together, we can help address the opioid crisis and promote patient safety.”