The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (IHHS) announced a new initiative to provide naloxone (the opioid overdose reversal medication) to Iowa organizations, businesses, and schools, in the event that their employees, agents, or volunteers encounter someone experiencing a suspected opioid overdose. Having this medication available could save someone's life.
Similar to many other states, Iowa has seen a concerning increase in opioid-related deaths. In 2021, there were 258 opioid-related deaths in Iowa, up from 157 in 2019 and 213 in 2020. Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, are frequently being found in opioids and other drugs. Fentanyl is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine and is involved in the majority of opioid-related deaths in Iowa.
Eligible organizations, businesses, and schools, include but are not limited to:
For more information on this initiative and to access the naloxone request form, visit IHHS's website here.