1. Do I need training to get naloxone?
You do not need special training to get naloxone in Oregon, but a basic education in naloxone and recognizing the signs of overdose is recommended. Optional training resources are listed below.
a. Watch the online naloxone training videos.
b. Read the Oregon Health Authority's (OHA) naloxone training protocol (pdf). You may print the protocols as needed.
c. Receive patient counseling from a pharmacist, who will refer to the OHA naloxone training protocol (pdf).
d. Syringe exchange programs or social service agencies who distribute naloxone will train their clients in how to use it.
2. How often do I need training?
As of October 6, 2017, training is not required, but you may refer to any of the resources above to refresh your training as needed.
3. How do I get naloxone?
a. Any prescriber can send a prescription to your drug store. If you are in addiction treatment, you can ask your counselors for help.
b. In Oregon, anyone can obtain naloxone directly from a pharmacist. You don't need to see your healthcare provider first. As this is a new law, call the drug store first to make sure they have the necessary systems in place.
c. You can obtain naloxone through some social service agencies and advocacy groups such as Max's Mission (Southern Oregon).
d. If you are an active injection drug user you can get naloxone through your local syringe exchange program.
4. Will insurance cover naloxone?
Check with your insurance provider for coverage information. Many insurance plans will cover naloxone prescriptions.
5. How much does naloxone cost?
The price of medications can vary and change over time. Call your pharmacy to get a current price.
6. Is there any legal risk in administering naloxone?
Oregon has a Good Samaritan law (pdf) that protects responders from civil prosecution if they give someone naloxone in a good faith effort to reverse an opioid overdose. There is no liability as long as naloxone is administered in good faith.