As localities are confronted with an increasing number of deaths from opioid overdoses, they are prioritizing the availability and accessibility of naloxone.
As of July 2017, every state and Washington, DC, had passed naloxone access laws.Network for Public Health Law, Legal Interventions to Reduce Overdose Mortality (2017), 2. These laws, however, vary widely in the amount of access they actually provide.Drug Policy Alliance, “Map of State Laws Regulating Naloxone,” Jurisdictions are also developing innovative ways to target naloxone distribution among populations that are at especially high risk for overdose death. For example, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, New York State Department of Health, and the Harm Reduction Coalition developed a pilot program in 2015 to provide overdose education and naloxone distribution for all soon-to-be-released individuals incarcerated in the state’s prison system.Howard Zucker, Anthony J. Annucci, Sharon Stancliff, and Holly Catania, “Overdose Prevention for Prisoners in New York: A Novel Program and Collaboration,” Harm Reduction Journal 12, no. 1 (2015), 51-52.