Michigan tool provides access to free naloxone

Michigan tool provides access to free naloxone

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently launched an online tool that provides information on where community organizations can request free naloxone, which is used to reverse opioid overdoses and save lives.

Community organizations include local governments, jails, harm reduction organizations, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, first responders, and substance-use treatment providers.

These organizations must have a plan for distribution and train individuals at risk of overdose on how to use naloxone. Organizations will go through a review process, and if approved, will receive naloxone by mail-in increments of 12 kits.

“Getting naloxone into the hands of people who are most likely to be able to save a life is important,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, said. “MDHHS is proud to partner with community organizations to make it as easy as possible to access free naloxone, reducing the devastation caused by the overdose epidemic.”

More than 2,000 Michiganders died from an opioid overdose in 2018.

Only 25 percent of opioid users in southeast Michigan had access to naloxone, according to a recent study.

In addition, MDHHS has partnered with NEXT Naloxone, a service that provides naloxone to drug users, their families, and friends. The partners will provide free naloxone to individuals via mail.