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.
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:
Attorney General Zoeller announces additional grant for training, equipping first responders with Naloxone
More than 5,000 kits distributed and 90 lives saved in 2016
Press Release Indiana Attorney General, read here
INDIANAPOLIS–The Indiana Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force will distribute an additional $400,000 grant to equip first responders with naloxone, the fast-acting antidote for people who have overdosed on prescription opioids or heroin.
Last January, Zoeller awarded an initial grant to Overdose Lifeline, Inc., the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Indiana State Police in response to the growing overdose epidemic throughout Indiana. The grant allowed the organizations to purchase nearly 7,500 kits. More than 5,000 kits have already been distributed to first responders to at least 45 counties statewide, and has resulted in at least 90 lives being saved since the program began.
The new grant will be administered by the nonprofit organization, Overdose Lifeline, Inc., a main provider of naloxone training and kits. Overdose Lifeline will expand efforts and prioritize counties that have not received initial kits and high risk counties. The Naloxone kits distributed are in the form of a nasal spray sold as Narcan, the brand name for naloxone, and work by reversing the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opiates.
Press Release, August 21, 2016
Overdose Lifeline to host 3rd annual International Overdose Awareness Day and Remembrance - Naloxone (Narcan) Training & Distribution available for those in need
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – For the third year in a row, Overdose Lifeline, Inc. (ODL) will host an annual International Overdose Awareness Day event in Indianapolis at a new location. On Sunday, August 28, the organization will host the event at the White River State Park Pavilion to honor and remember lives lost to addiction while training others in the use of Naloxone to potentially save a life of those still battling addiction. The program will include special recognition of an individual trained in the use of Naloxone resulting in saving someone’s life this summer.
Training and distribution are possible as a result of Aaron’s Law, signed into effect on April 17, 2015, which allows access for substance users and their families the ability to reverse the effects of an overdose with Naloxone. Aaron’s Law, named in memory of ODL founder Justin Phillips’ son, allows all pharmacies in Indiana to provide Naloxone over the counter without a prescription. Overdose Lifeline, Inc. is registered with the State of Indiana to train and distribute.
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All CVS Pharmacies in Indiana have a standing order to distribute Naloxone upon request from an individual. You do not need to go to your doctor for a prescription, Just go to the CVS Pharmacy and ask. However, some of the CVS stores are not yet aware of this new Naloxone policy. If you have problems please follow these instructions from the corporate office.
If any families have an issue re: Naloxone standing order at any of our pharmacies in Indiana, they should contact CVS at 1-800-SHOP-CVS and inform our Customer Relations department. In-stock availability will vary by location. Any CVS/pharmacy that does not have it in stock can order it by patient request for availability by the next business day.
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