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Prescription of Naloxone to High-Risk Individuals, Updated September 2014

Posted Date: September 22nd, 2014 | Categories: Health Care & Businesses


The Nursing, Medical, and Pharmacy Boards originally issued a joint policy regulatory statement in April 2013 endorsing the prescription of naloxone (Narcan™) to those individuals at high-risk for opioid drug overdose. The purpose of the statement is to promote wider utilization of naloxone for high-risk individuals by educating prescribers on the proper use of naloxone.

The Boards updated their joint policy statement in September 2014 to reflect changes in House Bill 170, effective March 11, 2014. Ohio law now permits authorized prescribers, including APRN prescribers, to “personally furnish” or issue a prescription for naloxone to a friend, family member, or other individual in a position to provide assistance to an individual at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose. In addition, the law grants a health care professional who in good faith personally furnishes or issues a prescription for naloxone, immunity from criminal or civil liability or professional disciplinary action for the actions or omissions of the individual to whom the drug is furnished or prescription is issued. To learn more about the benefits of naloxone and its proper use, the statement has been attached and can also be downloaded from the Ohio Board of Nursing’s website.



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