Tell the Board of Pharmacy to expand access to naloxone

February 12, 2018


[UPDATE // April 12, 2018] With a tremendous veto-proof vote of 132-7 the Maine House has approved making the overdose antidote naloxone accessible to everyone regardless of age! LD 1892, An Act To Clarify the Prescribing and Dispensing of Naloxone Hydrochloride by Pharmacists, now goes to the Senate for consideration.

After waiting two years – while over 600 people have died – the Maine legislature has finally empowered pharmacists to dispense the overdose antidote, naloxone. But the Board of Pharmacy rules deny access to this medication to people under 21!

Substance use disorder is a brain disease that does not discriminate by age. “Overdoses can strike at 18 or 19 or 29 or 54,” said Speaker of the Maine House Sara Gideon. “At every age, we should do everything in our power to save every life.”

With the opioid epidemic killing Mainers across the entire state – at a rate of one person a day – denying access to this antidote for victims 18-20 years old is unconscionable.

There is a comment period of 30 days before the new rule goes into effect.

You can save lives by contacting the Board of Pharmacy and urging them to hold a public hearing on this life or death issue.

Stand up for Mainers of all ages—send your comments by March 9.

Public comments can be submitted to:

Geraldine Betts, Program Administrator
35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-8625

Substance Use Disorder Does Not Discriminate by Age

We know firsthand that substance use disorder does not discriminate by age. Denying access to naloxone for young adults is sending a message that they are not worth saving. Contact the Board of Pharmacy by Friday, March 9 and urge them to stand up for all Mainers! FMI: preblestreet.org/updates/expand-naloxone

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