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Maximizing OpiOid Safety with Naloxone (MOON) Study

MOON Study - Maximizing OpiOid safety with Nalaxone

Each year, thousands of individuals across the United States die from unintentional opioid related overdose which can be prevented by the opioid antagonist, naloxone (brand name: Narcan). Today, we are in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic with more adults dying from opioid overdose than from motor vehicle crashes.1

This alarming trend creates the need to implement an effective public health campaign with a dedicated focus on opioid safety, overdose awareness, and the distribution of the life-saving drug naloxone.

Research shows us that increasing the availability of naloxone in a community saves lives.

In Rhode Island and Massachusetts laws were recently changed to allow patients to get naloxone from the pharmacy directly without having to see a medical prescriber first. This denotes one step forward in the battle against the epidemic, however, there are several other domains to address, such as barriers to access, which limit a more wide spread plan for effective public education on opioid safety and naloxone distribution.

Through the MOON Study, we hope to find out more information about the public's perception of opioid safety, naloxone distribution, and the use of the pharmacy as an integral site for public health intervention.

What are opioids?

What are typical signs of respiratory depression or overdose?

What can patients, family members, prescribers, and pharmacists DO to reduce the risk of respiratory depression and overdose?

Have you picked up Naloxone at a Rhode Island or Massachusetts pharmacy?

How can the MOON Study help?


Contact Information

Abigail Tapper, MPH, Project Coordinator
Phone: 617-414-4936
Email: [email protected]

Traci Green, PhD, MSc Principal Investigator
Phone: (617) 414-5976
Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

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