Naloxone and Overdose Prevention in Pharmacies

Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to help reduce opioid overdose-related morbidity and mortality by educating patients about overdose prevention and by dispensing naloxone—an opioid antagonist—to at-risk patients and concerned friends and family members.

On December 7th, 2015, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a non-patient specific prescription (also called a “standing order”) for the City of New York, which authorizes licensed pharmacists practicing in NYC to dispense naloxone under the Dispensing Protocol.  Pharmacists interested in dispensing naloxone are encouraged to review the protocol (Naloxone Non-Patient Specific Prescription and Pharmacist Dispensing Protocol, New York City) and return the signed form.

A pre-recorded training webinar (Download a PDF version) for pharmacists is available for CE credit.

Questions/comments and forms can be sent to: pharmacynaloxone@health.nyc.gov or faxed to: 347-396-8889

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