Aarons Law is an Indiana law that allows Hoosiers to obtain a prescription for Naloxone if they believe someone they know is at risk of an opioid overdose. Prior to this law, only emergency workers were allowed to carry Naloxone.
What is Naloxone?
Despite its long history as a highly effective intervention in opioid-related overdose emergencies,
most of the general public have never heard of Naloxone (brand name: Narcan) and don’t have a clear understanding of the role this “miracle drug” can and should play in reducing the rate of opioid overdose death.
Is Naloxone safe?
Naloxone has absolutely no effect on a person who has not taken opiates.
Naloxone is not a controlled substance and has no potential for abuse.
Naloxone is safe, effective, and easy to administer. The American Medical Association, the CDC, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) have called for Naloxone to be made widely available and strongly encourage local, state, and federal policymakers to provide funding and resources for Naloxone based overdose prevention programs that have been proven to dramatically decrease overdose mortality rates.
If Naloxone is so harmless, why is it available by prescription only?
The FDA has declared that it cannot change the prescription-only status of Naloxone absent a petition from one of the drug’s manufacturer or a citizen petition, even though there is not medical basis supporting the need for a prescription.
How does Aaron’s Law (SB 406) broaden Naloxone access in light of the
federal prescription barrier?
Aaron’s Law makes Naloxone more widely available to first responders, community-based organizations, public health agencies, and lay (nonmedical) persons who may be able to intervene in an overdose emergency by:
Encouraging prescribers to write and pharmacists to fill prescriptions for Naloxone to “third party” individuals. A “third party” is a person who is not the intended recipient of the prescribed medication.
Explicitly enabling various types of agencies to obtain, carry, and distribute Naloxone by adopting clarifying language that allows entities to operate under “standing orders” from the prescriber making it possible for Naloxone to be obtained by multiple agencies or multiple individuals under a single prescription.
Where can I get Naloxone?
You can get Naloxone through a prescription from your doctor or through a registered Naloxone Entity, which you can find on www.optin.in.gov.
Do you need more information about Naloxone or how to deal with drug addiction? Visit these links to find the resources you need: