Naloxone Access Among Top Priorities

Little Rock – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study on August 6th about pharmacy-based naloxone dispensing, which showed the rate of naloxone prescription was far too low in relation to the number of high-dose opioid prescriptions. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and prevent overdose deaths, and it can be administered in a nasal spray called Narcan.

The CDC study found there to be only about one naloxone prescription for every 69 high dose opioid prescriptions in the United States. The CDC also found that naloxone prescriptions were less common in rural counties. Training and equipping those closest to in-need communities is a top public health priority.

In Arkansas, naloxone is widely available in pharmacies. A standing prescription from Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith allows Arkansans to request naloxone without a direct prescription from their doctor. However, physicians are encouraged to talk with their patients who are prescribed opioids about naloxone, and patients are encouraged to talk with their physicians about naloxone if they or someone they know uses opioids.      MORE


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