Drug to reverse effects of opioid overdose now available from Mississippi pharmacists

Naloxone is now available at any pharmacy in Mississippi, with no prescription required. "Expansion of the availability and use of this drug could greatly reduce drug overdose deaths and save lives," said Mississippi State Health Officer Mary Currier, MD, who issued the standing order.

Naloxone is now available at any pharmacy in Mississippi, with no prescription required. "Expansion of the availability and use of this drug could greatly reduce drug overdose deaths and save lives," said Mississippi State Health Officer Mary Currier, MD, who issued the standing order. "It's important that Mississippians—any family member, friend or other person in a position to help someone suffering from an opioid overdose—are aware of the availability of this drug and know how to administer it if the need arises." Mississippi has seen a significant increase in the number of opioid overdose deaths in the last several years. In 2016, 172 people died from opioid overdoses, up from 76 in 2011. Frank Gammill, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy, said his staff is reaching out to pharmacists across the state to inform them of the standing order and urge them to offer the life-saving medication.