Naloxone (commonly known by the brand name Narcan) is a life-saving medication that reverses opioidoverdoses. In 2017, first responders administered more than 20,000 doses of naloxone across Massachusetts. Police and fire departments rely heavily on this medication, which they must purchase themselves. In 2015, after reaching a $325,000 settlement with one of the manufacturers of naloxone, Attorney General Healey partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Legislature to create a Narcan Fund for cities and towns, known as the Municipal Naloxone Bulk Purchase Trust Fund. The Fund allows municipalities to purchase naloxone for use by first responders at a heavily discounted rate.
To make a contribution to the Fund, please write a check to: Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please write “Narcan Fund” in the memo line of the check, and mail the check to:
State Office of Pharmacy
369 East Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876
If you have any questions, please contact our office at (617) 963-2140 or send an email to Catherine.Madden@state.ma.us.
Under state law, funds from public or private sources or from appropriations authorized by the Massachusetts Legislature and specifically designated to be credited to the fund are applied to provide price reductions for municipalities purchasing naloxone through the program and are not subject to further appropriation; monies remaining in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund.