Working with Pharmacists to Reduce Access

Pharmacists have the unique knowledge, skills, and responsibilities for assuming an important role in prescription drug abuse and misuse prevention, education, and assistance. Pharmacists, as health care providers, should be actively involved in reducing the negative effects that prescription drug abuse has on society, health systems, and the pharmacy profession.
Pharmacists can help prevent prescription drugs abuse and misuse by:

  • Check prescriptions for signs of fraud
  • Coordinate and communicate with doctors
  • Monitor medication refills to prevent overuse
  • Follow legal requirements designed to protect patients from overuse and abuse
  • Provide patient education
    • How medications should be used
    • How to store medications
    • How to dispose of medications

Read the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists position paper on pharmacist'srole in preventing abuse.
View the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Education Toolkit for pharmacists.
Read strategies pharmacists and physicians can implement to help prevent abuse and misuse at the Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse Project