New state order allows pharmacists to dispense drug that reverses effects of opioid overdose

MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker  joined state health officials on Friday, August 26th to announce the signing of a statewide naloxone standing order, which allows pharmacists to dispense the medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose without requiring individual prescriptions.

This is the latest of the state’s efforts to combat opioid use, abuse, and overdose, which includes the HOPE (Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education) legislation package.

In a news release, Gov. Walker stated the following.

"In Wisconsin, and nationwide, we’re seeing lives lost and families shattered by opioid overdoses, whether from heroin or prescription painkillers, in our urban centers and rural areas. This standing order allows pharmacies the ability to make this life-saving drug more accessible for friends, family and loved ones of those at risk of overdose, and potentially open the door for treatment and recovery."

Naloxone is a nonaddictive medication that blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing. Administering naloxone to someone experiencing an overdose can provide the extra time needed for emergency responders to arrive on the scene.