Although laws affecting the availability of naloxone have been passed in many states, only laws that allowed pharmacists to directly dispense naloxone significantly reduced the number of fatal opioid overdoses, according to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
“Depending on the jurisdiction, [naloxone formulations] can be prescribed by a physician directly to patients or indirectly through standing orders, or distributed without a prescription through Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution programs, opioid overdose prevention programs, and pharmacies in states that legally permit it,” Rahi Abouk, PhD, of the department of economics, finance and global business at William Paterson University, and colleagues wrote.
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