Getting Naloxone from the Pharmacy

  1. Call ahead to the pharmacy to ensure it's in stock - requests for naloxone can be made if the pharmacy does not have it currently in stock.
  2. Ask to speak with the pharmacist. Naloxone is a prescription drug, so it won't be available on the retail shelf with "over-the-counter" medications like aspirin.
  3. Mention the Statewide Standing Order (PDF) authorized by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The Statewide Standing Order allows pharmacists to dispense naloxone to anyone without a paper or electronic prescription.
  4. Talk to the pharmacist about how to recognize an opioid overdose, administer naloxone, and which product is right for you. The Statewide Standing Order covers generic naloxone and NARCAN® Nasal Spray. Insurance plans may not cover every naloxone product, so ask the pharmacist or call your insurance company’s customer service number for more information.