Bulk Purchasing of Naloxone

Many programs and agencies can purchase naloxone through the State Office of Pharmacy Services (SOPS).

SOPS bulk purchasing program

Many organization and agency types are able to purchase naloxone through SOPS. All entities must have an active, valid Massachusetts Controlled Substance Registration (MCSR) for naloxone or Schedule VI medications in order to do so. However, there are restrictions on what certain entity types can do with naloxone purchased through SOPS. Please find your organization or agency category below for more information.

Municipal and State Police, Fire, Sheriff’s Departments, and Emergency Medical Services associated with Municipal Police or Fire

These entities may purchase naloxone through SOPS without any further approval from the Department of Public Health. Naloxone purchased through SOPS may be either administered to individuals in the event of an overdose or distributed to individuals for their personal use.

Currently, all naloxone obtained by these entities through SOPS is fully subsidized by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, and no payment is required. At this time, we anticipate that full subsidies will be available for the foreseeable future.

Hospitals, Hospital-Affiliated Clinics/Departments, or Emergency Medical Services not associated with Municipal Police or Fire

These entities may purchase naloxone through SOPS without any further approval from the Department of Public Health, but only if the naloxone will be administered to patients in the event of an overdose. Entities wanting to distribute naloxone to patients for their personal use must apply to become an Affiliate Program of the Community Naloxone Purchasing Program (CNPP). Affiliate Programs must maintain separate streams of naloxone for patient administration versus patient distribution, as reporting requirements (and potentially cost) for these two streams differ.

Public and Non-Public Schools

Schools may purchase naloxone through SOPS without any further approval from the Department of Public Health. Naloxone purchased through SOPS must only be administered to individuals in the event of an overdose. See the School purchasing of naloxone document for more details. To obtain an MCSR, schools must register with the MDPH School Health Unit for medication delegation/epinephrine training. Please see the MDPH School Health guidance document for details on how to register.

All Other Entities

All other entities who are interested in purchasing naloxone through the SOPS bulk purchasing program should determine their agency’s eligibility, by reviewing the Community Dispensing of Naloxone Page. All eligible agencies will need to apply to become an Affiliate Program of the Community Naloxone Purchasing Program (CNPP) before any naloxone can be purchased through SOPS. Affiliate Programs may use the naloxone purchased through this mechanism to respond to on-site overdoses, with the exception of hospitals, hospital-affiliated clinics/departments, or Emergency Medical Services agencies (see above).

Contact SOPS

Prior to placing an order, please determine the shipping address and contact information for any naloxone orders and obtain a copy of your MCSR certificate. To place an order, or to inquire about updated naloxone costs through SOPS, please contact Scott Brody at scott.brody@mass.gov or (978) 858-2138.

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