Naloxone is an opioid antagonist used to rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdoses. The purpose of this program is to reduce the incidence of morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in Idaho communities by getting this life-saving drug into the hands of those who are in a position to assist a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose.
Naloxone is not currently available over-the-counter. However, Idaho’s law allows pharmacists and other health professionals to prescribe and dispense to anyone at risk for an opioid-related overdose or to anyone who may encounter an such an individual. The Office of Drug Policy has a standing order to obtain naloxone on behalf of eligible agencies. These agencies will then be equipped to administer naloxone and keep an overdose patient alive until they can be transported to an emergency department. The agencies may also distribute the naloxone to individuals at risk of overdose, as well as their friends and family.