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New 'Standing Order' Makes Naloxone More Readily Available in Illinois
Posted on: 10/6/2017

Despite a multi-year downward trend in opioid prescriptions, Illinois reported 1,900 fatal opioid overdoses in 2016 – a 75 percent jump from 2013.

To help combat this alarming public health crisis, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) issued a standing order for naloxone. The standing order allows pharmacies to dispense naloxone without a written prescription to individuals at risk of an opioid overdose, as well as their family and friends and to others who may assist an individual suffering an opioid-related overdose.

Naloxone, commonly sold as Narcan and Evzio, is a prescription medication that can block or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose – including heroin, fentanyl and certain prescription pain medications. 

What does this standing order mean for doctors?

Physicians can continue to prescribe naloxone or patients can now obtain the medication without a prescription at a pharmacy that is using a standing order for naloxone.

If you have patients who are abusing opioid drugs, IDPH recommends that those patients keep naloxone on hand.


ISMS also offers this handy one-page poster that can be distributed to patients, displayed in your exam rooms or waiting area, or shared on social media. Hang a poster and save a life.

If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or send an email.

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