Distribution of naloxone for overdose prevention to chronic pain patients

Marion A. Coe, Sharon L. Walsh

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In this commentary, we reflect on the growing opioid overdose epidemic and propose that chronic pain patients prescribed opioids are contributing to growing mortality rates. We advocate for expanding naloxone access and overdose prevention training, which has historically been directed when available to injection drug users, to chronic pain patients who may be at high risk for accidental opioid overdose.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-43
Number of pages3
JournalPreventive Medicine
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse grants R01 DA016718 (SLW) and NIDA T32 DA016176 (MAC).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Inc.


  • Analgesics/opioid
  • Chronic pain
  • Drug overdose
  • Naloxone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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