UNM College of Pharmacy leading a coalition to focus on community pharmacies in underserved areas

The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy is joining with researchers from Minnesota and Massachusetts to create effective educational interventions for pharmacists through the CONsiDER project. The collaboration’s goal is to develop pharmacy-based interventions that are both universal and state-specific.

The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy is joining with researchers from Minnesota and Massachusetts to create effective educational interventions for pharmacists through the CONsiDER project. The collaboration’s goal is to develop pharmacy-based interventions that are both universal and state-specific. "Pharmacists can make an acute impact within their communities," says Richard Larson, MD, PhD, executive vice chancellor for the UNM Health Sciences. "This project shows the power pharmacy research can have when it is embedded in an academic institution, pursuing all three of our missions of education, research and clinical care." The numerous routes in which people fall into opioid use disorder also complicate the situation. Current classification of opiates ranges from a variety of drugs ranging from legal drugs such as fentanyl, codeine, and morphine to illegal drugs such as heroin. It means health care professionals need educational materials that will be effective when speaking to people from a wide variety of backgrounds. The coalition’s agenda is ambitious and moving quickly. The CONsiDER team is starting this month to deliver training to identified pharmacies. "The quick pace the group has set for itself is good," Larson says. "We need to move fast in this rapidly changing situation."