Iowa’s new law expanding access to the opioid overdose rescue drug naloxone to law enforcement, other first responders and anyone “in a position to assist” is now fully operational (as of November 3, 2016), following emergency adoption of rules last week by the Iowa Pharmacy Board. That activated a statewide naloxone standing order, allowing pharmacies that stock naloxone to dispense it to newly eligible users (including multiple quantities for law enforcement agencies). The new standing order and emergency rules are attached.
The standing order, a statewide prescription written by State Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, also contains instructions on how to effectively administer naloxone to those overdosing on opioids.
Additional naloxone education/instruction materials are expected soon from the Iowa Department of Public Health, and will be passed along when they become available.