Better Availability of Overdose-Reversing Drugs
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HHS is working to better target the availability of lifesaving overdose-reversing drugs. The President’s 2019 Budget includes $74 million in new investments to support this priority. Increased access to overdose-reversing drugs can promote quick and effective response to opioid overdoses.
- patients currently taking high doses of opioids as prescribed for pain
- individuals misusing prescription opioids
- individuals using illicit opioids such as heroin or fentanyl
- health care practitioners
- family and friends of people who have an opioid use disorder, and
- community members who come into contact with people at risk for opioid overdose.
In April 2018, SAMHSA announced the availability of up to $4.7 million for Improving Access to Overdose Treatment grants to expand the availability to overdose reversal medications in healthcare settings and to establish protocols to connect patients who have experienced a drug overdose with appropriate and timely treatment. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 5 grantees with up to $200,000 per year for up to five years.
In 2017, SAMHSA announced $44.7 million in grants to help local communities equip first responders with overdose-reversing drugs.
In 2017, HRSA awarded $17.1 million to support all 55 poison control centers’ efforts to prevent and provide treatment recommendations for poisonings, including from misuse of prescription and illicit opioids and released a Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Program Best Practices Guide, summarizing the lessons learned from grant recipients that supported overdose education and naloxone distribution programs in rural communities.