The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) has reported that 4,275 doses of naloxone were dispensed by pharmacists in 2017. Utah is one of many states across the country with a standing order allowing pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription to anyone at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose.
“Every dose of naloxone we get out in our communities represents a potential life saved. […]Pharmacists and healthcare providers can play a key role in having the difficult, yet necessary, conversations with their patients about the risks of opioids, signs of an opioid overdose, the importance of naloxone, and encouraging individuals to seek treatment.” said Dr. Joseph Miner, executive director of the UDOH.
And while the number of reversals under the standing order is not collected, UDOH reported 99 naloxone reversals as a “direct result of outreach efforts” by the UDOH and other agencies across the state.