Physicians and Pharmacists

What to know about prescribing Naloxone

Instructions and billing information for prescribing Naloxone
Writing for Intramuscular Injectable Naloxone
Writing for Nasal Naloxone

How to discuss potential overdose risk with patients

Specific populations and risk
Online educational program (prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers that will help you prevent overdoses among your patients)

Who should be prescribed Naloxone

Patients who are candidates for Opioid Overdose Prevention Kits include those who are:

  • Taking high doses of opioids for long-term management of chronic malignant or non- malignant pain.
  • Receiving rotating opioid medication regimens (and thus are at risk for incomplete cross-tolerance).
  • Discharged from emergency medical care following opioid intoxication or poisoning.
  • At high risk for overdose because of a legitimate medical need for analgesia, coupled with a suspected or confirmed history of substance abuse, dependence, or non-medical use of prescription or illicit opioids.
  • On certain opioid preparations that may increase risk for opioid overdose such as extended release/long-acting preparations.
  • Completing mandatory opioid detoxification or abstinence programs.
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  • Recently released from incarceration and a past user or abuser of opioids (and presumably with reduced opioid tolerance and high risk of relapse to opioid use).(information adapted from the SAMSHA Opioid Overdose Toolkit)

How to administer Naloxone

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