Opioid Bills in Congress: Focus on Medicare and OTPs — Updated August 25, By Alison Knopf As the Senate gets ready to vote on opioid legislation, advocates urge people to contact their members of Congress to call for comprehensive coverage by Medicare for treatment for opioid use disorders.
Naloxone is not psychoactive, has no potential for misuse or abuse, and side effects are rare. Though all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation designed to improve layperson access to naloxone, these laws vary widely in scope.
How to Administer Naloxone Naloxone is simple to administer, making it safe and easy for laypeople to use. Learn how to administer both nasal naloxone and naloxone by injection.
Learn more ways to end overdose. Benefits of Naloxone Naloxone programs prevent overdose fatalities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC reports that, between andcommunity-based overdose prevention programs trained and equipped more thanlaypeople with naloxone, who successfully reversed over 25, opioid overdoses.
Community-based naloxone distribution programs are widely supported. Providing take-home naloxone to people who use opioids — and their family, friends and caretakers — not only saves lives, it also saves money. Evidence shows that naloxone does not promote increases in drug use. Several studies have observed no serious adverse effects and no increase in risky behavior associated with naloxone availability.
One study even found heroin use decreased after participation in a naloxone training program.
Naloxone distribution programs connect people who use drugs to other necessary services. One study found that drug treatment entry increased after participation in a naloxone distribution and overdose prevention program.
Barriers to Naloxone Access Naloxone should be available through a prescription to a family member, friend, or other person in a position to assist in an overdose, from community-based organizations like syringe access or overdose prevention programs, from pharmacies behind-the-counter, and from other critical intervention points such as jails and prisons, emergency rooms, and detox facilities among others.
Many states, however, only have access at one or very few of these intervention points. Moreover, very few states provide dedicated budget lines to support the cost of naloxone or staffing for community-based opioid overdose prevention programs, which means they are not able to serve nearly as many people as need naloxone.
In order to increase ease of access at various intervention points, naloxone should be made available over-the-counter and no longer classified as a prescription drug.
Our Work The Drug Policy Alliance DPAthrough our Office of Legal Affairs, was instrumental in drafting the vast majority of the naloxone access bills that have passed over the last 10 years and is continuing to work to educate communities about naloxone and improve access to this life-saving drug.
Learn more about our efforts in these states:The drug naloxone reverses overdoses, but it needs to be used as a tool -- not treatment – in saving lives, much like a defibrillator for the heart attack victim.
We need more effective ways to save people from drug overdoses, explains Karen Perry, Executive Director of the NOPE Task Force.
Naloxone (also called Narcan®) is an inexpensive, FDA-approved generic drug that works to reverse an opioid overdose, including fentanyl overdose, by restoring breath to unconscious overdose victims. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist; it binds to opioid receptors in the brain and blocks opioid effects.
This allows normal breathing to occur which reverses the overdose. Narcan is also used when septic shock.
Naloxone is a lifesaving drug. Naloxone temporarily that greater access to naloxone would help reduce opioid overdose deaths. part of a broader policy package to fight the opioid.
Naloxone is a drug that can halt an opioid overdose when administered correctly – it is cheap, easy to use, and effective. It comes in spray (Narcan) and injectable (Evzio) forms.
 Upon encountering an individual experiencing an opioid overdose, anyone can administer naloxone and, usually, prevent the overdose from becoming fatal.
. It has been said that in every crisis lies the seed of opportunity, and the opioid crisis presents an invaluable opportunity for city and county officials. Pledge to Take Ac.