U.S. starts pilot program to prevent overdoses on Native American lands

Under a new pilot program aimed at reducing opioid-related deaths among Native Americans, law-enforcement officers working on tribal lands in Oklahoma will carry an atomized version of naloxone. The drug is used to counteract the effects of opioid and heroin overdoses.

Under a new pilot program aimed at reducing opioid-related deaths among Native Americans, law-enforcement officers working on tribal lands in Oklahoma will carry an atomized version of naloxone. The drug is used to counteract the effects of opioid and heroin overdoses. The pilot program will start as early as next year, according to federal agencies that include the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. The naloxone will be paid for by Indian Health Services (IHS) and will be dispensed through 91 IHS federal pharmacies, although tribal pharmacies also will be able to participate.