Drug Overdose Prevention Program (DOPP)

Drug Overdose Prevention Program (DOPP)

The Drug Overdose Prevention Program (DOPP) established in 2016, aims to increase awareness around opioid use and prevent overdoses by developing strategies that impact behaviors driving opioid dependence and misuse.

Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. From 1999 to 2017, more than 702,000 people have died from a drug overdose. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Of those deaths, almost 68% involved a prescription or illicit opioid.

For current data in Idaho please visit https://www.gethealthy.dhw.idaho.gov/drug-overdose-dashboard

As part of the Opioid Crisis, there are people living with chronic pain which can be devastating, and effective pain management is important to live a healthy life. It is essential people talk with their healthcare provider to discuss treatment options, carefully considering all of the risks and benefits. Some medications, such as prescription opioids, can help relieve pain in the short term but also come with serious risks and potential complications—and should be prescribed and used carefully.

For more information about the Drug Overdose Prevention Program or for treatment & support options, please visit the following resources:
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Free Naloxone Training

To set up a free naloxone training for your organization please reach out to Morgan Anderson at (208) 239-5228 or Alayna Hallmark at (208) 852-0478

Naloxone Information

Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is the medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. Learn more about how Naloxone might help you or someone you love, how you can begin carrying Naloxone, and where you can find Naloxone in your community.

How to Access Naloxone

Naloxone is a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and prevent death. There are two FDA-approved formulations of naloxone available on the market.
  • Injectable – Use of this product requires the user to be trained on proper assembly and administration.
  • Prepackaged Nasal Spray – NARCAN® Nasal Spray is a prefilled, needle-free device that requires no assembly and is sprayed into one nostril while patients lay on their back.

Free Naloxone Distribution

For organizations, contact:
For high schools, universities, libraries, or YMCAs, free Narcan is available through the Narcan manufacture, EBSI, community program. Please direct these organizations to this program first for free naloxone.

For all other organizations requesting naloxone, please refer them to DHW’s naloxone request form at our website under “Naloxone Information” and “Free naloxone kits for Idaho organizations”:

Find Naloxone in Your Community

As of 2019, Idahoans may access naloxone at a pharmacy without a prescription. Call ahead to your local pharmacy to ensure availability of naloxone and to ask about your co-pay. If you have Medicaid, naloxone is free from the pharmacy. Community-based organizations such as safer syringe programs, substance use disorder treatment, and recovery and crisis centers near you may also offer naloxone free to individuals in need, regardless of your insurance status.

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