Iowans have access to Naloxone to combat opioid overdose

December 1, 2016

Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Office of Drug Control Policy Director Steve Lukan announced this week that Iowans now have access to Naloxone, a prescription medication that can reverse an opioid overdose through a standing order issued by Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, Iowa Department of Public Health Medical Director. This implements legislation that was passed in 2016.

The standing order authorizes pharmacists to dispense Naloxone to eligible recipients including individuals at risk of opioid overdose, a family member or friend in a position to assist an at-risk person, and first responders. Prior to the standing order, the only way for individuals to obtain Naloxone was through their doctor or other prescriber, followed by a trip to the pharmacy for the drug. Including pharmacists through the standing order streamlines the process, allowing individuals to receive a prescription directly at the pharmacy. A joint effort between the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), Department of Public Health (IDPH), Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Public Safety (DPS), local nonprofits, and local law enforcement are taking steps to prevent, treat, and combat opioid abuse.

Earlier this fall, ABI’s board adopted priority language recommended by the Workplace and Product Safety committee to work to address opioid addiction and its effects on employees and employers.