ASK ME ABOUT NALOXONE

Originally published to the February, STR/SOR Newsletter Mon, Mar 04, 2019 2:16 pm

UMSL-MIMH's pharmacy-level initiatives to help get naloxone into the hands of Missouri residents

UMSL-MIMH's pharmacy-level initiatives to help get naloxone into the hands of Missouri residents

The Pharmacy Team is currently working on two exciting new initiatives; a naloxone-friendly pharmacy list and opioid overdose prevention button.

The naloxone-friendly list is a curated index of pharmacies that have fully implemented the Missouri naloxone standing order, which is the Missouri law that authorizes pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription. (For more information on the Missouri naloxone standing order, click the link below.) This list is not publicly available, rather it is for St. Louis-based local providers and individuals seeking to procure naloxone through a pharmacy.

The overdose prevention button initiative will help to publicly promote community resource providers as well as pharmacies that have implemented the standing order by providing shirt buttons that read: Overdose Education Ask Me About Naloxone. The intended purpose is for these buttons to act as a comfortable ice breaker for individuals seeking information about overdose prevention and naloxone education.

Our goal is to distribute buttons during overdose education and naloxone distribution trainings, pharmacy trainings, and community events. We recently have had multiple requests for buttons for upcoming events. We made an initial order for 250 buttons to begin distribution and realized we would need many more because of the popularity. We hope that these buttons can help tear down barriers of misinformation surrounding naloxone and help get the life-saving drug into the hands of those who need it most.

article by Amber Bell-Christian. SOR. UMSL-MIMH. 2019