Emergency Department Naloxone Distribution Program
Naloxone (Narcan) is a life saving medication that rapidly reverses opioid overdose, and emergency departments are a critical point of care for distribution. Sending patients who have experienced an overdose home without naloxone is a missed opportunity that may result in subsequent overdoses and potential fatalities.
Since 2019, OPEN and MEDIC have been partnering to reduce these preventable opioid-related deaths by:
- Increasing the distribution of naloxone, a life saving medication, to patients treated for opioid overdose and those at high risk of future overdose within Michigan emergency departments.
- Supporting hospital and community networks in development and implementation of best practices for emergency department-based opioid use disorder screening, naloxone distribution, and initiation of medication-assisted treatment.
The Emergency Department Naloxone Program provides participating emergency departments with naloxone rescue kits (NRKs). Participating emergency departments receive naloxone delivered directly to their ED pharmacy and on-site naloxone training sessions.
- Naloxone medication
- Pair of nonlatex gloves
- Barrier mask
- Blue kit label with a QR code to access patient video training
- Patient education brochure
- Local pharmacies participating in Michigan’s naloxone standing order program
- SUD treatment resources (not shown)
Emergency Department Naloxone Implementation Guide
A step-by-step guide for EDs to facilitate implementation of a naloxone distribution program.