Bulk Purchasing of Naloxone for Municipalities

Pharmacy Access to Naloxone

There are two ways to access a naloxone rescue kit from a pharmacy:

1.  Obtain a prescription from your prescriber and take it to a pharmacy that stocks naloxone.  Many pharmacies are able to fill naloxone prescriptions or can order what they need.

2.  Go directly to a pharmacy with a naloxone standing order and request a naloxone kit.  For pharmacies with naloxone standing orders, a prescription is not needed.

Technical Assistance and Training Resources

Get Naloxone Now is an online resource to train people to respond effectively to an opioid-associated overdose emergency. 

End Mass Overdose is a 501c3 organization in MA that provides overdose prevention training, pharmacy technical assistance with standing orders, and more to New England communities.

The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) supports communities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in addressing substance abuse prevention. Our expert staff offers technical assistance, capacity building, and resources to Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)-funded programs and other communities across the state.

Technical Assistance for First Responders

Technical Assistance for Pharmacists and Prescribers

Praxis: Training for Massachusetts Addiction Professionals: Praxis trainings and technical assistance are free to all Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services funded addiction treatment programs.

Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, codeine, and methadone. In response to the increasing number of opioid-related fatal overdoses in Massachusetts in the past decade, the Department of Public Health is sponsoring a pilot program that is distributing intra-nasal naloxone (Narcan©), along with opioid overdose prevention education, to opioid users and to trusted people in their lives such as family, friends, and staff of human services programs.

Emergency responders including paramedics and emergency room physicians have been using naloxone since the 1970's to revive people who are experiencing an opioid overdose. Many programs nationally, and now here in Massachusetts have been making this life-saving medication available to people who are most likely to witness an overdose.

For inquiries related to the new state regulations allowing first responder administration of intra-nasal naloxone and for those communities that would like to request medical oversight provided by the Department of Public Health, please contact Sarah Ruiz by phone (617) 624-5136 or email to Questions.bsas@state.ma.us

This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.