An antidote to heroin overdose can now be obtained over-the-counter at any pharmacy store in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) put out a standing order on Friday, August 26, that allows pharmacists to dispense naloxone “without a prescription to a patient at risk of an opioid overdose or to individuals in a position to assist the patient at risk for overdose”. Gov. Walker’s signed for this legislation in December 2015.
“As physicians, far too often we see the devastating impact of heroin and other opioids on our patients. Making naloxone more readily available to individuals at-risk for heroin overdose has the potential to save countless lives. It’s another step in the right direction as we all work to address this public health crisis,” said WMS Chief Medical Officer Donn Dexter.
Naloxone is a nonaddictive drug that stops the effects of opioids on the brain. The standing order will be revised annually, according to DHS.