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Oklahoma has taken great strides toward reducing prescription drug overdose deaths. As recommended in the state plan, Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse in Oklahoma, legislation was passed in 2013 (63 O.S. § 1-2506.1-2) to authorize the dispensing of naloxone to trained family members and first responders. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist used to reverse an opioid overdose. It can be given as an injection or as a nasal mist. Naloxone is inexpensive and effective, has no abuse potential, and does not cause harm to individuals experiencing a non-opioid overdose.
Although legislation permitting first responders to carry and administer naloxone was passed, few basic- and intermediate-level emergency medical service (EMS) agencies and emergency medical response agencies (EMRAs) have adopted the practice. In an effort to continue to reduce overdose deaths, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to increase naloxone administration by first responders by providing training and intranasal naloxone to EMS agencies and EMRAs across the state. Beginning in 2016, these efforts were expanded to also train and equip volunteer fire departments with intranasal naloxone.
Training and free naloxone kits are available to law enforcement agencies through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. For more information on this program, please contact Brandon.Bussell@odmhsas.org.
Online Training Materials
The intranasal naloxone training is now available online for volunteer fire departments, EMS agencies, and EMRAs. To complete this training, please watch the video below on Narcan nasal spray called, Law Enforcement Roll Call Video, in its entirety. Once all agency emergency staff have completed the training, please complete and submit the appropriate memorandum of agreement to receive naloxone kits.
Video: Law Enforcement Roll Call Video (Narcan nasal spray)
For more information on this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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