The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is pleased to share an update regarding the Virginia Department of Health’s no-cost naloxone distribution program effective October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. In partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), VDH will receive federal funding to support naloxone distribution efforts. This funding opportunity will allow VDH to once again provide no-cost naloxone to law enforcement agencies, community services boards, and fire service organizations, as well as continue distribution to local health districts. Licensed emergency medical services (EMS) agencies remain eligible for no-cost naloxone through the Nasal Naloxone for EMS Agencies (NNEA) grant opportunity administered by the VDH Office of Emergency Medical Services.
Community services boards, law enforcement agencies and fire service organizations that would like to obtain NARCAN® Nasal Spray at no cost through VDH, should visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/naloxone/ and complete the “NARCAN® Application” form.
- Once submitted, the contact person will receive a confirmation email.
- VDH Division of Pharmacy Services staff will provide your agency with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that must be signed and returned via email to VDH Pharmacy Services.
- VDH Pharmacy Services staff will return the executed MOU, which will be needed in order for VDH to begin ordering no-cost NARCAN.
- Upon receipt of the executed MOU, entities may request no-cost NARCAN by completing the “NARCAN® Order” form. The contact person will receive a confirmation email.
- The NARCAN® should be received no more than seven business days from the submission of the order form. Entities should order only a one-month supply and may order as frequently as needed using the same agreement number.
Please note that law enforcement agencies, community services boards and fire service organizations receiving NARCAN® from the VDH Division of Pharmacy Services will be required to submit a monthly activity report. The monthly report should be submitted by the 10th day of the current month with data from the previous month.
Please also note that in order for an agency to dispense naloxone, a standing order issued by a prescriber is required. A Controlled Substances Registration (CSR) for naloxone dispensing from the Board of Pharmacy is no longer required for non-injectable forms of naloxone.
Agencies wishing to access REVIVE! opioid overdose response and recognition training may contact their local Community Services Board (CSB) or visit the DBHDS REVIVE webpage.
Thank you for your continued partnership to increase availability of this life-saving medication across the Commonwealth!