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You can play a valuable role in helping to prevent the misuse and diversion of opioids in our communities. As a pharmacist, you are frequently the first point of contact for prescription drug education and information. You have the potential to trigger a discussion with patients who appear to be at risk for addiction. We urge you to:

  • Use the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) — registration takes about five minutes at Delaware.PMPAware.net .

    Delaware PMP
  • Look for a patient’s risk assessment score to determine if they could be at risk for addiction or substance use disorder.
  • Discuss what you learn with at-risk patients to help them avoid serious consequences.
    • Use the materials you can download here to prepare yourself with information that can make a difference in your discussion.
    • Suggest naloxone for patients who are taking opioid medications.
  • Always educate patients on the dangers of long-term use of opioid prescription drugs.
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You Can Play a Role in Helping to Reverse an Overdose

Naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose in just minutes, should be dispensed to patients who are prescribed opioids, especially if they are at risk of substance use disorder or overdose. Under the Naloxone Community Standing Order, naloxone can be prescribed to anyone who requests it by a pharmacist at a participating pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription. Narcan 4mg nasal spray is covered at zero copay for Medicaid FFS & MCO.

Naloxone Prescribing in Delaware

A standing order authorizes approved participating pharmacies to distribute nasal naloxone kits to individuals who have completed Community-Based Naloxone Access Program (CBNAP) Opioid Overdose Responder Training. During an in person training, pharmacists can walk the patient through the Delaware Overdose Guidance handout, or have the patient view the video training on this website. Pharmacists should consider ordering training and nasal naloxone kits for those who have been prescribed 50 or more morphine milligram equivalents (MME) per day. Naloxone is available without a prescription at these participating pharmacies in Delaware:

  • CVS Pharmacy locations (including those located inside Target stores)
  • Walmart and Sam’s Club store locations
  • Giant Pharmacy locations
  • Walgreens Pharmacy locations
  • Acme and Safeway Pharmacy locations
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy locations
  • ShopRite Pharmacy locations
  • Shayona Pharmacy — Delmar
  • Greenhill Pharmacy locations

If your pharmacy would like to participate, get more information here.

Naloxone Training

This education program includes:

  • Overdose prevention techniques
  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an overdose
  • Calling 9-1-1
  • Airway and breathing assessment
  • Rescue breathing
  • Naloxone storage and carrying
  • Administration
  • Post-overdose and follow-up care

This training may be provided through community-based classes or online videos, or by direct instruction from you or another trained pharmacist or by viewing the following video. Pharmacists are also urged to distribute the OpiRescueDE information card, and to encourage patients to download the OpiRescueDE app that offers a step-by-step guide on how to use naloxone in the event of an overdose. Pharmacists should also encourage those prescribed naloxone to report when it has been used so there are sufficient quantities of the medication available where it is needed.

Pharmacist Training

Online continuing education on safe and effective opioid prescribing for chronic pain is available for pharmacists, accredited by the Boston University School of Medicine.

Learn more

Marketing Materials for Pharmacists.


Educational materials for patients are available to you for distribution in your offices:

Benzodiazepine and Non-Benzodiazepine Medications Fact Sheet for Customers

Benzodiazepine and Non-Benzodiazepine Medications Fact Sheet for Customers

This 8.5" x 11 handout makes customers aware of the dangers, addiction, and death risks associated with treating conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia.

Not available to order.
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OpiRescue App Card

OpiRescue App Card

Available with English on one side and Spanish on the other, this card offers a downloadable app with instructions for reversing an overdose. Leave in the waiting area or hand out to patients.

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HelpIsHereDE.com Magnet (Option #1)

HelpIsHereDE.com Magnet (Option #1)

This handy magnet offers emergency links and phone numbers to help someone with an opioid addiction. Place where easily accessible.

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HelpIsHereDE.com Magnet (Option #2)

HelpIsHereDE.com Magnet (Option #2)

This magnet provides 24/7 crisis hotlines and resources to help those dealing with an opioid addiction. Place where easily accessible.

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OpiRescue App Poster

OpiRescue App Poster

Similar to the card above, this poster provides step-by-step instructions for administering naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose. Display where staff and patients can see it.

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Managing Chronic Pain Patient Brochure

Managing Chronic Pain Patient Brochure

An 8-panel, 5.5” x 8.5” brochure that explains the risks associated with opioids and offers safer methods to treat pain, along with examples of non-opioid OTC and manipulative/cognitive therapies.

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Pharmacist Substance Use Disorder Kit

Pharmacist Substance Use Disorder Kit

This all-in-one kit contains important information for pharmacists dispensing controlled substances, including information about substance use disorder and the prescription monitoring program (PMP). It includes an overview factsheet, poster, and magnet. Ships in one box.

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Pharmacist Substance Use Disorder Fact Sheet

Pharmacist Substance Use Disorder Fact Sheet

The 8.5" x 11" handout guides pharmacists on how to search a questionable patient’s controlled substance history in accordance with the Delaware Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Place in a binder or somewhere easy to reference.

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Pharmacist Substance Use Disorder Poster

Pharmacist Substance Use Disorder Poster

Similar to the fact sheet above, this poster helps pharmacists search the controlled substance history of a patient who is requesting such substances. Display where your staff can see it.

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Pharmacist Magnet

Pharmacist Magnet

Similar to the fact sheet and poster above, this handy magnet for your pharmacy refrigerator offers quick details on using the PMP website to check a patient’s controlled substance history.

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Public-Facing Pharmacy Naloxone Poster

Public-Facing Pharmacy Naloxone Poster

This 8.5" x 11" poster promotes the overdose-reversing ability of naloxone and how customers can use it to save someone’s life. Place on countertop near checkout or in prescription order areas.

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Electronic Prescribing Pharmacy Poster

Electronic Prescribing Pharmacy Poster

This wall-mountable 11" x 17" poster for customers promotes the speed, safety, and security benefits of switching from handwritten prescriptions to e-prescriptions. Display where patients can see it.

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Electronic Prescribing Patient Handout

Electronic Prescribing Patient Handout

This sheet contains the same helpful information as the poster above, but in a handier 8.5" x 11" size.

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