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HelixTalk Episode #127 - Naloxone to the Rescue! Opioid Overdose Treatment and More

Date posted: March 9, 2021, 6:00 am

In this episode, we will discuss basic pharmacology and use of naloxone, available formulations, evidence for its effectiveness, and naloxone-related pharmacy management and regulations.


Key Concepts

  1. Naloxone, available in various formulations, is a quick-acting opioid reversal agent approved for use in opioid overdose cases.
  2. Naloxone access laws are in place in the majority of the states allowing patients and caregivers to obtain the medication as well as administer naloxone.
  3. These access laws allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone to patients without individual prescriptions under prescriptive authority, standing/protocol orders, or collaborative agreements. Registration, training, education, and reporting requirements may vary per individual state.
  4. Despite such access laws, overall prescribing of naloxone per high-dose opioid prescriptions remain low. Not many studies are available, but some suggest these laws help reduce opioid overdose deaths and emergency department visits. Implementation and education about such laws need to be improved.