Indiana’s State Health Commissioner renewed an order today that makes it easier for Hoosiers to obtain the overdose antidote naloxone.
The renewed action means people can obtain the medication without a prescription from one of nearly 500 registered locations. A full list of providers can be found online.
Justin Phillips, founder of the nonprofit organization Overdose Lifeline, says people have a difficult time admitting they have a loved one with an opioid problem because of shame and the stigma surrounding drug abuse.
“So this way at least you don’t have to go to the doctor and admit that twice,” Phillips says. “You only have to go to the pharmacy and admit it once.”
Phillips says the standing order on naloxone is an extension of “Aaron’s Law,” named after her son who died of an overdose in 2013.
The State Department of Health says available data shows 1,271 Hoosiers died of drug poisoning last year while nearly 8,300 visited emergency rooms because of overdoses.
Most overdose intervention drugs are covered by Indiana Medicaid and reimbursement is available when a pharmacy using the statewide standing order dispenses naloxone.