Carrying naloxone is a critical tool to help prevent overdose deaths.
Getting naloxone from a pharmacy
Naloxone rescue kits are available at many pharmacies across the state, with or without prescriptions.
There are two ways to get a naloxone rescue kit from a pharmacy:
- Obtain a prescription from your prescriber and take it to a pharmacy that stocks naloxone and they can dispense it and bill your insurance. Many pharmacies are able to fill naloxone prescriptions or can order it if needed.
- Go directly to a pharmacy with a naloxone standing order and request a naloxone kit. For pharmacies with naloxone standing orders, a prescription from a prescriber is not needed.
Call or visit your local pharmacy to find out more and if you are interested in picking up a kit under the standing order, check the list above to make sure that the pharmacy of your choice has filed a naloxone standing order.
When you go to the pharmacy to get a rescue kit under the standing order, all you need is your insurance card or cash, like you do when picking up any other prescription. When at the pharmacy, tell the pharmacist or pharmacy tech you want naloxone / Narcan.
Since there are a few different types of naloxone, make sure to tell the pharmacist which formulation you prefer. Ask about the cost or co-pay before they fill the order. Keep in mind that generic formulations tend to be less expensive for consumers that are paying out of pocket. You should then be given a naloxone rescue kit, your insurance will be billed, and you will pay any co-pay costs.
DPH Pilot Program
DPH operates the Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) pilot program for those most at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose. This pilot project is possible under Massachusetts General Law - MGL c. 94C and DPH Drug Control Program regulations at 105 CMR 700.000.
The following flyers list the OEND program sites, where an individual at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose can visit to receive training in how to prevent, recognize, and respond to an opioid overdose and receive a naloxone rescue kit.