Lt. Gov. Calley urges more pharmacies to carry naloxone to combat OD

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley of Michigan wants more pharmacies in the state to carry naloxone, as just 56% of pharmacies with a controlled substance license are registered to carry the drug.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley of Michigan wants more pharmacies in the state to carry naloxone, as just 56% of pharmacies with a controlled substance license are registered to carry the drug. Calley says, "While it's great that more than half of pharmacies have registered, I encourage others to get on board and participate so that we can save more lives and beat this epidemic." Michigan has had a standing order in place for naloxone since May 2017, and pharmacies statewide dispensed more than 13,000 orders of naloxone since then. Of those, 4,533 have been via the standing order and 8,476 via doctors' prescriptions. The standing order allows those at risk for an overdose, along with people who can help those at risk, to obtain naloxone from a registered pharmacy without having to see a health care provider. The drug is accompanied by information on how to respond to an opioid overdose and where to seek additional treatment. Registered pharmacies are required to track the amount of naloxone dispensed and report these numbers to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services each quarter. Preliminary data show there were more than 1,900 opioid-related deaths in Michigan in 2017.