Publication date: Mar 24, 2020
Evidence from recent trials primarily in the post-surgical patient population prescribed opioids for acute pain suggest patients more often properly dispose of unused opioids if instructed by a healthcare professional, if provided education on proper storage and disposal, and provided a physical medication disposal product (e.g. mail back bags). It is not clear how this evidence applied to patients in primary care will be readily adopted and sustained by practices and if the effectiveness will be comparable to that seen in other more controlled studies, largely limited to the surgical population. The objective of this trial is to evaluate a multifaceted program for safe medication disposal in primary care. Interventions include real-time best practice reminders to providers, educational materials mailed to patients, disposal mail-back bags supplied to patients and reminder phone calls. Proper medication disposal after 30 days following order will be assessed by telephone survey. Our aims are to: 1. Evaluate a targeted intervention on patient’s newly prescribed opioids within primary care. 2. Determine factors that influence patient action to remove unused opioid medications from the home.
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