BS, PhD, Pharmacy, University of Kentucky; postdoctoral fellowships, University of Vermont, University of Kentucky
Patricia R. Freeman is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Her research interests are focused on substance use policy. Currently, her work is centered on impact of policies designed to increase access to the opioid overdose reversal agent naloxone. Other recent activities include evaluating prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and their impact and effectiveness at preventing prescription drug abuse and diversion.
Freeman will lead the prevention team and pharmacy-based interventions designed to reduce the supply of excess opioids through increased disposal of unused medications, identify and reduce risky prescribing and dispensing behaviors among prescribers and pharmacists, and promote increased use of the opioid overdose reversal agent naloxone. She will support the naloxone education and distribution efforts of the community engagement and public health teams.