MDHHS to provide free naloxone to community organizations and individuals statewide

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Naloxone can be requested via online portal to reverse opioid overdoses and save lives.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has launched an online portal where community organizations can request free naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses and saves lives.

In 2018, opioid overdoses killed more than 2,000 Michiganders, or an average of five people
every day. Turning the tide on the epidemic remains an urgent priority for Gov. Gretchen
Whitmer, the Michigan Opioids Task Force and MDHHS. In the middle of the COVID-19
pandemic, which may have disrupted resources that people who use drugs rely on, access to
naloxone is critical.

Naloxone saves thousands of lives each year by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose.
However, a recent study found that only 25 percent of individuals using opioids in southeast
Michigan had access to naloxone. Expanding naloxone access, especially for individuals at
high risk of overdosing, is imperative and an integral part of Michigan’s response to the opioid
crisis.

“Getting naloxone into the hands of people who are most likely to be able to save a life is
important,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at
MDHHS. “MDHHS is proud to partner with community organizations to make it as easy as
possible to access free naloxone, reducing the devastation caused by the overdose
epidemic.”

The portal is available to any community organization statewide, including substance use
treatment providers, non-profits, harm reduction organizations, jails, first responders, local
governments and small businesses. MDHHS will review organizations’ plans for distributing
naloxone, especially to individuals at high risk of overdose. If approved, the organization will
receive naloxone by mail; shipments are in increments of 12 kits and organizations are
expected to have a plan for distribution and training for individuals at risk of overdose on how
to use naloxone.

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