The Office of Drug Policy (ODP) is pleased to announce the release of its FY18 First Responder Naloxone Mini-Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to reduce the incidences of morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities through the purchase and placement of emergency devices used to rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.
On July 1, 2015, Idaho’s law allowing easier access to naloxone went into effect. Since that time, significant progress has been made in educating prescribers and pharmacists about the new law and their roles in it. Many pharmacies are now stocking naloxone and prescribers and pharmacists are becoming more knowledgeable and comfortable recommending and dispensing the medication. The next step is getting this life-saving drug into the hands of first responders. When equipped, first responders will be able to administer naloxone and keep an overdose patient alive until they can be transported to an emergency department. Since Idaho is a very rural state with vast stretches between emergency departments, ODP will prioritize rural agencies. Priority will also be given to first responder agencies in areas of the state with the highest overdose death rates. In addition to providing naloxone kits, ODP will provide the agencies with appropriate training in use of the kits and consult with them regarding internal policies and procedures for drug administration.
ODP has a standing order on file for distribution to all first responders who are awarded ODP First Responder Naloxone Grants. These grants provide funding for the purchase of naloxone kits and training first responders in their usage.