An exciting update in Iowa, Narcan is now offered OTC (over the counter) at many pharmacies and super stores, think Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Hy-Vee and CVS. Narcan is a 4mg opioid overdose reversal medication in the form of a nasal spray. Narcan being OTC is making it even more convenient to pick-up and add to your first aid kit. Narcan is still available in Iowa for free through programs with IHHS, Telenaloxone- a program through IHHS and the University of Iowa, as well as community-based access at local pharmacies.
Did you know Narcan is not your only option? Kloxxado, is also available under a standing order in Iowa. A pharmacist can provide Kloxxado to a person at risk, or a person in a position to help a person at risk of an opioid overdose. Kloxxado is also part of the naloxone family, like Narcan is. Kloxxado is 8mg per device, making it ideal for a person who has many opioids in their system or when a synthetic opioid, such as fentanyl is suspected.
More exciting news to share, Sieda BHTS is now a secondary distributer of Narcan. Our agency can provide training and Narcan to those at risk or those who might find themselves in a position to assist a person who is overdosing.
For any questions on Narcan or Kloxxado, or information regarding training please contact our Behavioral Health and Treatment Services Unit. You can also reach out directly to Cassidy Patton, Certified Prevention Specialist, State Opioid Response grant, at email@example.com