Gov. Hutchinson Announces State’s Naloxone Standing Protocol
“Naloxone in the hands of more Arkansans, including our first responders, will save lives”
LITTLE ROCK – At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor Hutchinson, alongside Kirk Lane, DHS State Director of Drug Prevention, and other administration officials, announced the creation of the state’s Naloxone Standing Protocol.
The Naloxone Standing Protocol was developed pursuant to Act 284 of 2017 by Senators Cecile Bledsoe and Lance Eads and Representative Justin Boyd. Similar to an immunization order, it allows licensed pharmacists in Arkansas to order, dispense and/or administer naloxone without a prescription as therapy, providing greater access to more Arkansans and first responders in the event of a drug overdose.
Dr. Nate Smith, Director and State Health Officer of the Arkansas Department of Health, will serve as the prescriber of record for the protocol.
“The effects of opioid addiction—on individuals, families, and our state—are staggering,” said Governor Hutchinson. “Reports of drug-related injuries and deaths across the nation are increasing, and sadly, we’ve seen the tragic effects of this epidemic on the communities in our state, as well. Read more.