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Anita Jacobson, PharmD

9:15-10:15 AM

Community First Responder Program

Dr. Anita Jacobson is a Clinical Professor at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and has worked as a pharmacist in a variety of patient care settings for 25 years.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the implementation of naloxone distribution and other harm reduction services in rural New England.

2. Distinguish components of the unregulated drug supply.

3. Develop harm reduction care plans for people who use unregulated substances.

4. Dispel myths related to overdose response.

Biography continued...

She is the Director of the Community First Responder Program, which focuses on harm reduction, overdose education, and naloxone outreach, and serves as the hub of the Northeast Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center.


Dr. Jacobson is the Coordinator of the Pharmacists Patient Care Laboratories for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program and is an Instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at URI.  Her areas of teaching include substance use disorders, mental health, cultural sensitivity, health disparities, motivational interviewing, and healthcare policy.


Dr. Jacobson also works as a per diem pharmacist at Eleanor Slater Hospital for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Hospitals.  She is a Past-President of the Rhode Island Pharmacists Association and a current member of the RI Board of Pharmacy.

Presentation Slides

Click below for the presentation slides.

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