Access to Naloxone Extended
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:38:12 EST
Emergency rules that increased access to the life-saving medication naloxone in Michigan are being extended.
Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose.
A news release reports that during the first three months of the naloxone standing order, pharmacies dispensed 1,290 orders for the drug, all of which had the potential to save a life. Extending the emergency rules will help ensure residents maintain access to the lifesaving drug until if or when permanent rules are finalized.
Registered pharmacies can dispense naloxone under a standing order signed by the chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, without a prescription from an individual’s physician.
As of mid-November, 49.8 percent of Michigan’s 2,840 pharmacies with controlled substance licenses had registered with MDHHS to be able to dispense naloxone under the standing order.
In Northeast Michigan, those pharmacies include Walgreens, Rite Aid and Neiman's Family Pharmacy in Alpena, Rite Aid in Oscoda and Tawas, the Thunder Bay Pharmacy in Atlanta and Onaway, Pioneer Family Pharmacy in Mio and in Walgreens and Family Fare in Cheboygan.
Michigan has seen a dramatic increase in opioid-related deaths. From 1999-2015 more than 8,900 people have died from an opioid overdose with over 50 percent of those deaths occurring since 2010.