What You Need to Know About Naloxone
As of June 1, 2017, anyone can get naloxone at a Maryland pharmacy without a prescription. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can quickly restore the breathing of a person experiencing an opioid overdose. Opioids are a group of drugs that include heroin and prescription medications like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl and methadone. Naloxone is available as a generic drug or under the brand names NARCAN® and EVZIO®.
Getting Naloxone from a Pharmacy
1. Call ahead to the pharmacy to ensure it’s in stock – requests for naloxone can be made if the pharmacy does not currently have it in stock.
2. Ask to speak with the pharmacist. Naloxone is a prescription drug, so it won’t be available on the retail
shelf with “over-the-counter” medications like aspirin.
3. Mention the Statewide Standing Order, issued by Dr. Howard Haft, Maryland Department of Health. The
Statewide Standing Order allows pharmacists to dispense naloxone to anyone without a paper or
4. Talk to the pharmacist about how to recognize an opioid overdose, administer naloxone, and which product is right for you. The Statewide Standing Order covers generic naloxone, NARCAN® Nasal Spray, and the EVZIO® naloxone “auto-injector.” Insurance plans may not cover every naloxone product, so ask the pharmacist or call your insurance company’s customer service number for more information.
5. Need more information? Check out the Maryland Overdose Response Program.