In the event of an opioid overdose, there is a drug that can be used that can reverse the effects of the opioid. Naloxone (commonly known by the brand names Narcan and Evzio) is a life-saving medication used to reverse the effect of an opioid overdose. Naloxone is not addictive. Payment for the medication Naloxone is covered by Medicaid and many other insurances. Many non-profit organizations also distribute Naloxone.
In 2016, Michigan passed a Naloxone standing order law. This allows a pharmacist to dispense Naloxone without an individual prescription and without identifying a particular patient. With this, the “prescription” comes from the standing doctor’s order from the State. Although individual doctor prescriptions still work for this, as an alternative, family, friends, or others can now obtain Naloxone to use in an emergency without an individual prescription. Administrative rules have been written to implement the standing order.