Health Care Professional resources


In recent years, there has been a relatively large increase in opioid overdose deaths nationwide. According to CDC, from 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people have died in the United States from overdose related to prescription opioids. In addition, in 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were depended on prescription opioids and daily treatment in the emergency department of people who have been misusing prescription opioids has been increasing. One way to prevent the rising number of deaths due to opioid abuse is to ensure ready access of Naloxone. This toolkit is compiled in one place to serve as an educational and useful resource guide for healthcare professionals. It provides helpful resources that can be accessed for more information about the current laws regarding Naloxone, training videos on how to use Naloxone, Naloxone training protocols, prescribing guidelines and general information to help health care providers educate their patients to reduce overdose risk.


Oregon Board of Pharmacy Information for pharmacists on prescribing Naloxone:


Training on Lifesaving Protocols in the Oregon Health Authority Website (Individuals who provide services to people who take opiates):

  • The website contains 2 videos on Injectable Naloxone training and nasal Naloxone training, the laws relating to pharmacist on prescribing Naloxone and the Naloxone training protocol for people who provide services to individuals who take opiates.

SAMHSA: Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit (Patients, Prescribers: Physicians and Pharmacists):

  • Facts for Community Members
  • Five Essential Steps for First Responders
  • Information for Prescribers
  • Safety Advice for Patients & Family Members
  • Recovering from Opioid Overdose (Prescribers and Pharmacists):

Provides information needed to start prescribing and dispensing Naloxone rescue kits for both Providers and Pharmacists. Includes useful additional resources about Naloxone.

Naloxone Access: A Practical Guideline for Pharmacist:

A Guide to Developing and Managing Overdose Prevention and Take-Home Naloxone Projects (Physicians and Pharmacists):

Provides information on understanding the basics about overdose/naloxone, overdose prevention strategies without Naloxone, take-home Naloxone program development, overdose prevention and response.

Improving Outcomes in Chronic Pain (Physicians and Pharmacists):

Pain management CME courses with certificates – provides up to 14.50 of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

Evzio (naloxone HCL injection) 0.4 mg auto-injector (Prescribers, Pharmacist and patients/families):

Here will find information about Nalaxone auto injector along with helpful resources regarding prescribing, safety, patient and trainer information.

Opioid Public Education Test Website (Prescribers, Pharmacist and Patients/Families):

Provides information on pain management guidance and tools for patients, families and healthcare professionals.



Rx Disposal

Opioid abuse and addiction has become more and more prevalent in United States. In fact, Oregon has one of the highest rates of prescription opioid misuse in the nation. In order to protect patients from unused prescription drugs, efforts are being made to ensure proper disposal of prescription medication. This includes creation of drug disposal facilities, and take back/mail-back programs in many of the healthcare settings throughout the nation for a safe and protective disposal of prescription drugs.

Rx Disposal Toolkit (Pharmacists):

Guide for pharmacist on how to become collection sites for unused and unwanted prescription medication:



Map of Drop off Locations (Providers, Pharmacists and Community Members):

Find out where to dispose of unwanted medications in your area!


U.S Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control: Drug Disposal Information (Physicians, Pharmacists and Patients/Families):

Contains multiple useful links regarding DEA registration to start/stop being a controlled substance collector, DEA expectations/position on practitioner’s disposal of pharmaceutical waste, and drug disposal fact sheets. It also has several links for the general public about how to dispose medication, authorized collector locations, and information on national prescribing drug take-back day.

Prescription Drug Community Action Kit-Safe Medication Disposal Guide (Physicians, Pharmacists and Community Members):

Provides information about starting or enhancing medication disposal programs.

Medication Disposal Day Guidelines (Physicians, Pharmacists and Community Members):

Toolkit to assist pharmacist, community members and other health professionals to coordinate drug disposal day program.

Safe Drug Disposal: A Guide for Communities Seeking Solutions (Physicians, Pharmacists and Community Members):

Provides information on how drug disposal programs can be developed/implemented in communities, who can develop these programs and resources for more information.