On June 1, 2017, Dr. Howard Haft, DHMH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, issued a new statewide standing order allowing Maryland-licensed pharmacists to dispense naloxone to anyone who may be at risk for opioid overdose or in a position to assist someone believed to be experiencing opioid overdose. A person-specific paper or electronic prescription is not required for a pharmacist to dispense naloxone under the standing order.
The new statewide standing order replaces Dr. Haft’s original order issued December 14, 2015, which authorized pharmacists to dispense naloxone to individuals who had been trained and certified under the Maryland Overdose Response Program (ORP). On May 25, 2017, Governor Hogan signed into law the Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) and Treatment Act of 2017, which simplifies the process for obtaining naloxone from a pharmacy. As authorized by this law, the new standing order allows pharmacists to dispense naloxone to anyone regardless of whether the person has previously been certified under ORP or received any training in opioid overdose response.
NOTE: The statewide standing order acts only as a prescription for naloxone and does not cover payment to a pharmacy for the medication or supplies needed for its use.
Anyone at risk of an overdose who is unable to get naloxone locally can request it at: naloxoneforall.org/maryland. Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition (BHRC). BHRC will mail the naloxone to the provided address and make every effort to connect the recipient with local available resources.
Attend Opioid Overdose Response Training
Naloxone, also known as Narcan ®, when administered to a person overdosing from an opioid medication or drug, can reverse the overdose immediately by quickly restoring breathing and consciousness. If someone you know may be at risk for overdosing on prescription pain medication or heroin, you can obtain a prescription for this lifesaving drug medication and learn how to administer it.
Training participants learn about opioids, how to recognize, respond to and prevent an opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone to reverse an overdose. After completing the training, participants receive free naloxone and an overdose prevention kit.
The training and overdose prevention kit are FREE to participants