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Webinar | Time to Act: The role of the community Pharmacist in overdose prevention

September 20th 2022 | 7pm

Welcome back to another United Drug webinar where we aim to  provide ongoing business support and valuable industry insight to guide our customers in maximising their business opportunities. This month we are joined by Denis O'Driscoll, Superintendent Pharmacist at McKesson Ireland who will discuss the Community Pharmacists role in overdose prevention.


    Key Learnings

    • What we need to do to prevent overdose deaths
    • Use of Stimulants/ needle exchange
    • Women’s reluctance to come forward for help
    • How to talk about overdose
    • How to approach someone you suspect may be overdosing
    • Naloxone access and awareness


    Denis O’Driscoll

    Superintendent Pharmacist for McKesson Ireland

    Denis has 26 years’ experience in pharmacy, including 22 years with HSE Addiction Services as Chief Pharmacist. After spending the most of his career as an addiction expert, Denis moved to role of Superintendent Pharmacist for LloydsPharmacy Ireland in 2018. Denis currently is the clinical lead for one of the largest pharmacy chain in Ireland, 89 pharmacies and is responsible for management and delivery of quality pharmacy service to the public. His interest in Addition continues as he is voluntary independent chair for Naloxone Advisory Group for HSE Strategy on Overdose Prevention. Denis has a PhD in Biopharmaceutics from Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, Trinity College, Dublin and a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy from the same alma mater.

    Martin Hynes

    BSc. (Pharm), MSc. MPSI

    Clinical Governance Pharmacist, LloydsPharmacy

    Martin is Clinical Governance Pharmacist at LloydsPharmacy Ireland since November 2018 and before this worked in support Pharmacist and Supervisory roles for the company. He completed his BSc (Pharm) degree at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College, Dublin in 2005 before completing his pre-registration, and qualifying as a Pharmacist in December 2006. In 2013 he completed a MSc in Healthcare Management with RCSI Graduate School of Healthcare Management and became a member of the PSI Health Committee in October 2018.

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