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.
- Pharmacies in MA with a Standing Order file size 1MB
- MassHealth covers the cost of Naloxone for members. Naloxone and MassHealth Pharmacy Facts
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.
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.
- Where to get Naloxone in MA
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- Core Competencies for Intra-Nasal Naloxone Distribution Pilot Program Participants file size 2MB
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.firstname.lastname@example.org