Recent revision to state Good Samaritan law means people no longer need prescription to get naloxone

Recent revision to state Good Samaritan law means people no longer need prescription to get naloxone

As part of the latest revision to a state Good Samaritan law, people won’t need a prescription anymore to get a medicine that can halt potentially deadly drug overdoses.

For years, the Tacoma Fire Department has used the medication, known as naloxone. Same is the case with people who got a doctor’s prescription for the opioid overdose antidote.

In 2015, the revision to the Good Samaritan law was passed, indicating that others can get the medication without any prescription if the pharmacy has a collaborative deal with a physician.

Nigel Turner, communicable disease division director for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, called it an actual opportunity to save lives.

Last year’s alteration has mainly allowed pharmacists to dispense naloxone without needing a prescription to somebody who can help another experiencing an opioid overdose.

The Tacoma Fire Department has increasingly used naloxone while responding to suspected opioid overdoses. As per the fire department, in 2010, the department dispensed naloxone 68 times, which has gone up to 187 times previous year.

Generally, doctors prescribe opioids including OxyContin, Percocet, morphine and Vicodin among many others, for pain treatment, but people can get addicted to them. When prescription painkillers become very costly or inaccessible, many turn to a comparatively cheap and available substitute: heroin.

According to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, 438 people hunted first treatment for opioid addiction previous year. The numbers were quite higher from 129 admissions in 2002.

The trend has been followed nationwide, as people are becoming more addicted to opioids. In 2014, in Northwest states, including Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho, an average of 153 people lost lives to overdoses every month.

Rock legend Prince lost his life because of a fentanyl overdose. In past some years, children as young as 15 years old have lost lives due to opioid overdoses in Pierce County.