As of 9/6/16 you will need to prescribe it to them.  Check to see which form of naloxone is covered by their insurance.  Tell them why it’s important and ensure someone who might spot them overdosing is trained to use the naloxone.  It would benefit your patients if you required they pick up the naloxone, perhaps as a condition for refilling opioids.

If your patient is receiving treatment at the methadone clinic or enters Fresh Start medical detox naloxone will be presented to them.

By the end of the year rules will be in place so that pharmacists can dispense naloxone to people who request it.

How are professionals distributing naloxone in our community?

A Jackson and Josephine County naloxone work group started meeting 6 months ago.  It continues to meet on the 4th Thursday of each month from 9-10am on the second floor of the HHS building 140 S. Holly Street in Medford.  Call in participation is available:  541-770-3426  code 53843759#

Participants include Jackson County Health Department including syringe exchange; Jackson Care Connect; AllCare; La Clinica; Addictions Recovery Center Fresh Start Detox; Medford Police Dept., Allied Health (methadone clinic); pharmacist, RRMC; Josephine County Health Dept., Rogue Community Health; OHSU medical and nursing students and a mother who lost her son to a heroin overdose.

An expert physician explains and models how to talk with your primary care patient about naloxone