Naloxone is the standard of care used to treat opioid overdose.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that reverses respiratory depression. It is not a controlled substance and has no potential for abuse.
Patients on opioids with history of substance abuse, sleep apnea, use of CNS depressants or high doses of opioids are at increased risk for overdose and should be prescribed naloxone.
Where To Get Naloxone
Prescribing naloxone to prevent opioid overdose is consistent with the drug’s FDA indication.
Opioid overdose rates and implementation of overdose education and nasal naloxone distribution in Massachusetts: interrupted time series analysis.
Prescribe To Prevent: Naloxone Prescribing Instructions
SAMHSA: Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
South Boston Hope & Recovery Coalition: Overdose Prevention Programs
LawAtlas: Naloxone Overdose Prevention Laws Map