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Overdose Prevention

Prescribe to Prevent

Overview – provides health care the information they need to start prescribing and dispensing naloxone (Narcan) rescue kits. It also includes useful resources containing further information about this life-saving medicine. We are prescribers, pharmacists, public health workers, lawyers, and researchers working on overdose prevention and naloxone access. We compiled these resources to help health care providers educate their patients to reduce overdose risk and provide naloxone rescue kits to patients.

Highlights – The site provides helpful training, documents and videos, and research for prescribers, pharmacists, and patients about naloxone. Some of the documents provide instructions for use of the rescue kits and best practices with naloxone in general. There are also helpful links and a great FAQ resource.

Naloxone Recommendations

Overview – "Naloxone Access: A Practical Guideline for Pharmacists." This is a seven-page article from the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists that explains how to handle all aspects of naloxone. It also answers many questions regarding best practices and gives instructions on how to use naloxone in case of an emergency.

Naloxone for opioid safety

Overview - This is a guide for Nevada providers who prescribe naloxone to patients who use opioids. Includes information on avoiding accidental overdose, details on chemical attributes of naloxone and naloxone prescribing tips.

Trafficking and Overdose Mapping

The Division of Public and Behavioral Health is working with Nevada first responders and law enforcement to collect suspected drug overdose in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP). This collection of information will help public health, fire and emergency medical service and law enforcement agencies track known and suspected overdose incidents. For more information, read the technical bulletin below.

SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

Overview - This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Access reports for community members, prescribers, patients and families, and those recovering from opioid overdose.