Overdose Lifeline is pleased to announce a new partnership with the State of Indiana to increase access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone. Naloxone is a critical tool for individuals, families, first responders and communities to help reduce opioid overdose deaths. Access to naloxone, however, continues to be limited in some communities. The state’s partnership with Overdose Lifeline, Inc. allows local health departments to devote their resources to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
First responders, families, caregivers and other individuals in need of naloxone, click the button below to fill out a simple online request form.
COVID-19 has changed a lot in all our lives. It has created a variety of unprecedented needs. Stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines are impacting all of us, but they can have a deadly impact on people who struggle with substance use disorder. Overdose is on the rise. Supporting Overdose Lifeline’s Memorial Charity Golf Outing is important more than ever before.
The weather will be perfect and stay at home orders will be lifted.
Come join your friends and family while saving lives.
High risk golfers who’ve played in years past, donate your player fee and we will send you a gift.
Interested in supporting but not a golfer. We have hole sponsorships and other opportunities available for registration and sponsorship information >> More information
The Lackey Family and Overdose Lifeline would like to express our extreme gratitude to all who donated to Debbie’s birthday fundraiser in honor of Nick Lackey.
Overdose Lifeline, Inc. is the only nonprofit organization in Indiana dedicated to addressing this opioid epidemic. We reach the youth of Indiana with our ground-breaking program, This is Not About Drugs, to prevent the first use. We continue to address opioid overdose through training and distribution of the overdose reversal drug naloxone.
We do this in the memory of Nick Lackey and the countless other beautiful lives lost.
COVID 19 has changed what is required to keep us all safe and alive. Response to overdose reversal is one of those changes. We ask you to read about the decisions made by IMPD to interrupt their use of officer-administered naloxone. Chief Dan O’Donnell, MD with Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, notes “… we are in no way compromising care to overdose patients by suspending police naloxone use. Fire and Emergency Medical Services are still dispatched to these runs and are responding in a timely manner."
Lives are still being saved and you can help. Getting Naloxone (Narcan™) in the hands of the true “first responders”—family and other laypersons—is a critical component for saving lives. Naloxone (Narcan) is available to you over the counter at the pharmacy or through local groups like Overdose Lifeline. Overdose Lifeline has a mechanism in place for persons in need of naloxone. Indiana residents that need this lifesaving medication can reach out to Overdose Lifeline via email and remain anonymous. Also, those who wish to help provide naloxone for those in need can make monetary donations by contacting ODL.
During this time of COVID -19 crisis we need continued awareness that the other public health crisis, opioid use disorder, has not gone away and may potentially get worse. Responding to overdose is vital. Concerns from the community regarding the use of the nasal version of the overdose reversal drug and its potential to spread COVID-19 has been circulating.
Please read this important notice from Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Naloxone Guidance for Public Safety from Michael Kaufmann, MD Indiana EMS Medical Director.
“The CDC has confirmed that intranasal naloxone is not considered to be an aerosol generating procedure (AGP) if performed correctly.
Current recommendations are as follows:
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)/Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Prescriber Pilot Program – Extended
During this time of COVID -19 crisis we need continued awareness that the other public health crisis, opioid use disorder, has not gone away and may potentially get worse. Because of this, the Federal Government has issued new guidelines allowing for the prescribing of opioid use disorder medication without a face-to face-patient visit.
Overdose Lifeline has been able to secure additional resources to provide reimbursement for physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants willing to become eligible to prescribe medication assisted treatment (MAT) / medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD).
Tools are now available to provide an evidence-based, medication to treat opioid use disorder.
Become a MAT/MOUD Waiver Prescriber
MAT/MOUD is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies. Research has shown that removing an individual’s drug use through detoxification without the use of medications has a high failure rate of >90% within 3 months. A common misconception associated with MAT/MOUD is that it substitutes one drug for another.
Rather, these medications relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. MAT/MOUD programs provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome the use of an abused opioid. Research has shown that when provided at the proper dose, medications used in MAT/MOUD have no adverse effects on a person’s intelligence, mental capability, physical functioning or employability.