Feasibility and acceptability of an overdose prevention intervention delivered by Community Pharmacists for patients prescribed opioids for chronic non cancer pain

Funded by Scottish Government.

Collaboration with NHS Fife.

This is a 15 month study to explore the feasibility and acceptability of an intervention to reduce overdose risk among individuals prescribed strong opioids for pain not caused by cancer. This study builds on a previous study, involving the same team which explored people’s views on whether or not an intervention for this group would be practical and worthwhile.

This follow-on study will involve designing and piloting an intervention in NHS Grampian. It will be delivered by Community Pharmacists and will involve providing information about risk and risk management, as well as include a supply of intra-nasal naloxone and training on how to use this. Naloxone is a life-saving drug which can reverse an opioid overdose. This study involves partnerships between the University of Stirling, NHS Grampian, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of St Andrews.

Total award value £68,849.36

People (2)


Professor Tessa Parkes

Professor Tessa Parkes

Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

Mr Joe Schofield

Mr Joe Schofield

Tutor, Faculty of Social Sciences