One strategy to address the country’s opioid abuse epidemic is to increase access to the life-saving opioid antidote, naloxone. IPA successfully advanced legislation in 2016 to allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone under a statewide standing order. Following passage of the new law, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy and Department of Public Health adopted rules and a standing order.

To help pharmacies participate in the statewide standing order and provide naloxone to caregivers in their communities, IPA has created this webpage with all of the resources needed for pharmacies to get ready, set, and GO!

Get Ready:

(Background information to understand Iowa’s naloxone rules and statewide standing order)

Get Set:

(Training pharmacy staff; marketing the service to your community; template policy & procedures)


(Operationalize the naloxone service in your pharmacy)