Programs and Initiatives in Communities – Expanding Nalaxone Access for Opioid Overdose

Programs & Initiatives in Communities
Expanding Naloxone Access for Opioid Overdose

Naloxone is a potentially lifesaving drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. Visit Opioid Overdose Prevention & Control for more information.

Community Health Board Medical Consultant

Designating a Practitioner

Community Health Boards may designate a local medical consultant, or request the Minnesota Department of Health’s designated practitioner, to collaborate with pharmacists in their community. The practitioner and pharmacists may enter a protocol to provide and dispense naloxone. The licensed practitioner is considered the prescriber of record. 

Local Designee

Using a Local Designee allows local health leaders to gain a greater understanding of their community’s direct needs surrounding opioid overdose. Community Health Boards and local medical consultants may use the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy's Opiate Antagonist Protocol or develop their own protocol. Community Health Boards interested in a Local Designee should email the Minnesota Department of Health’s Alcohol & Drug Policy Director Dana Farley, MS, at or (651) 201-5396.

Minnesota Department of Health Designee

The Commissioner of Health has designated Ruth Lynfield, MD, Medical Director at the Minnesota Department of Health as an option for Community Health Boards and pharmacists. To use this option, please complete the Minnesota Department of Health's Opiate Antagonist Protocol Registration form. For more information, contact Dana Farley, MS, Alcohol & Drug Policy Director at


SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

Equips health care providers, communities and local governments with material to develop practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.