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Naloxone (Narcan)


The US SUrgeon General, released a press release on April 5th urging American's to carry naloxone to reverse the tidal wave of opioid overdose deaths. Pharmacists are important community access points for naloxone, and every community pharmacist should have a CDTA to prescribe naloxone, or carry it in stock for dispensing, and have the skills to instruct a patient in managing an overdose and administering naloxone. The WSPA has created these resources to support this endeavor. 


Pharmacist Prescribing Naloxone

Pharmacists have a role to prescribe naloxone through CDTA's to any one at risk of experiencing or witnessing a opioid overdose. Pharmacists may prescribe to a patient who takes high doses of pain medications, a known opioid abuser, their family or to entities who want to have naloxone on site for response, including law enforcement. The WSPA has a relationship with a prescriber who is willing to sign off on naloxone CDTAs after the pharmacist has completed naloxone training. Contact Jenny at the WSPA for more information ( 



Model CDTA for Naloxone -  a National Resource for Take-Home Naloxone - a Washington State Resource for Take-Home Naloxone

Kelley-Ross Pharmacy - an independent pharmacy in Seattle with a robust naloxone program including training videos and resources for patients. They welcome other pharmacists using these resources. 


CE: Preventing Opioid Overdose Deaths with Naloxone

This training is designed to teach pharmacists how to prescribe and counsel patients on opioid overdose reversal kits containing naloxone. Pharmacists will also learn how to assemble the kits, and other skills to employ to prevent opioid overdose deaths in their communities. Once a pharmacist completes this training, the WSPA can assist you in connecting with a physician partner for a CDTA for take home naloxone. Please contact Jenny Arnold - for a copy of the CDTA and to be connected with the [physician partner. 



IIdentify opioid overdose

Discuss the steps for opioid overdose reversal

Review patient education for opioid overdose reversal kits

Implement strategies to enhance patient safety with opioids dispensed in the pharmacy



1 hours | Activity type: Knowledge

ACPE# 0130-0000-15-031-H05-P for Pharmacist | 0130-0000-15-031-H05-T for Technician

Initial Release Date: 4/24/2015 | Expiration date: 4/24/2018


Access the Prevention of Opioid Overdose Deaths through the WSPA Education Portal. WSPA members, remember to login to receive 40% off the course fee. 


Opioid Current Events

Health Care Authority - Coverage for Acute Opioid Prescriptions. The policy limits the quantity of opioids that can be prescribed/paid for to opiate naïve patients for non-cancer pain. The limits for new opioid prescriptions and other details can be found on that link.


ESSB 1427 Implementation - Bill passed in 2017 to align best practices, inititatives and rules for improved opioid safety in Washington State. There is an implementation workgroup creating rules and guidelines related to this law. WSPA has been engaged in this workgroup, speaking on behalf of pharmacy practitioners. 




HB 1047 - Creates a funded, voluntary statewide medication return program which reduces old medications from being mis-used and abused. WSPA will be creating resources for contacting the supported programs, and hosting a medication return box. This is the first statewide legislation in the country!


Washington State Naloxone Laws - including the Good Samaritan Law to protect against drug possession charges, protections for prescribers, and laws allowing the carrying of naloxone. 




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