Laurie Willhite, PharmD, CSPI
Opioid Stewardship Pharmacist, Hennepin Healthcare
Dr. Laurie Willhite is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. She completed a geriatric pharmacotherapy fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Willhite is the opioid stewardship pharmacist at Hennepin Healthcare, a 455 bed trauma safety-net hospital with eight primary care and specialty clinics. She works to improve opioid prescribing practices, improve access to medication assisted treatment, and advocates for naloxone and safe medication disposal. She works as a medication management pharmacist in a pain clinic, helping patients and providers taper high doses of opioids and address benzodiazepine co-prescribing. She has expertise in toxicology as well, through her work at the Minnesota Regional Poison Center. She chairs the Opioid Oversight Committee, a weekly multidisciplinary group which performs case review on patients with challenging pain, dependence, addiction and psychological issues.