Naloxone now available for emergency overdose treatment

Southwest Daily News - Laypeople who come to the aid of an individual who has overdosed on heroin, morphine or other opioid drugs can now receive the lifesaving medication naloxone without having to get a direct prescription from a doctor.

Naloxone is an antidote medication that reverses an opioid overdose. Used by medical professionals for years, naloxone is the most effective way to counteract an overdose and save lives.

The State of Louisiana has issued a “standing order” for naloxone. This allows for participating pharmacists to dispense naloxone to laypeople including caregivers, family and friends of an opioid user. This standing order also includes directions on how to administer naloxone to someone who has overdosed.