Opioid Reversal Medication

#NOTSCARYTOCARRY

Opioid reversal medication is a medication that can save lives by temporarily reversing an opioid overdose, such as heroin or fentanyl. Opioid reversal medication is safe to use and only works if a person has opioids in their body. You are protected under the Good Samaritan Law and cannot be arrested if you use opioid reversal medication.

The #notscarytocarry campaign was created by a network of community organizations titled the Prescription Opioid Solutions (PRxOS) workgroups. The aim is to spread awareness of what opioid reversal medication is, why it’s important, and to break down the stigma surrounding opioid reversal medication. It’s not scary to carry, and it can save someone’s life.

Opioid Settlement Funding Opportunity

Thank you for your interest in funding from the Panhandle Health District Opioid Settlement Funds.

Requests must meet the scope of work outlined in Exhibit A. Only typed applications will be accepted. Only applications submitted in Word format without modifications to original application formatting will be accepted.

Expenditures are subject to Panhandle Health District’s purchasing and cost allocation policies and the Idaho Opioid Settlement Intrastate Allocation Agreement’s Abatement Strategies. A signed contract is required prior to any reimbursement or award spending. Those awarded funding will be required to submit reporting as set forth in the application to ensure compliance. For additional resources please refer to Exhibit A located on the Idaho Attorney General’s Office website: Exhibit-A-Approved-Uses.pdf (idaho.gov)

These requests are reviewed on a yearly basis. Please see the breakdown below:

Applications Available: January 29, 2024

Application Submissions Accepted Beginning:February 26, 2024

Applications Close: March 31, 2024

Notices: May 1, 2024

Funding Begins: July 1, 2024

Funding Ends: June 30, 2025

Awards will be based on size of need, reasonableness and are at the discretion of PHD. Notification of award or declination will be delivered via email listed in the application.

Request an Application to apply for Opioid Settlement Funding

Look for these signs of an opioid overdose.

Abnormal BreathingAbnormal Breathing

  • Slow/No Breathing
  • Gurgling or snoring

Can’t Be Woken UpCan’t Be Woken Up

  • Slow/No Breathing
  • Gurgling or snoring
  • Pinpoint Pupils

Skin ChangesSkin Changes

  • Cold/Clammy skin
  • Gray/Blue skin

WHAT DO I DO IF SOMEONE IS UNRESPONSIVE?

  1. Call 911 and give opioid reversal medication. If there is no reaction in 2 minutes, give a second dose.
  2. Give rescue breathing and/or chest compressions. Follow 911 dispatcher instructions.
  3. After giving medication, stay with the person until help arrives.

IDAHO LAW

In Idaho, the Good Samaritan Law protects you from arrest for helping anyone you think is having an overdose, even if you’re carrying controlled substances or drug paraphernalia. You should call 9-1-1 immediately for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) if someone isn’t responding or you think an overdose has happened. Every second counts.

ALWAYS CALL 911 FIRST

USE OPIOID REVERSAL MEDICATION IF IT IS AVAILABLE. IT’S SAFE TO USE, EVEN IF IT ISN’T AN OVERDOSE.

OPIOID EDUCATION AND OPIOID REVERSAL MEDICATION TRAINING

Opioid education and opioid reversal medication training is available from Panhandle Health District. The training is available for organizations, or any individuals in North Idaho. If you would like to schedule a training, please contact:

Makenna Hunziker
Health Education Specialist
mhunziker@phd1.idaho.gov
Phone: 208-415-5144

WHERE CAN I GET OPIOID REVERSAL MEDICATION

Most pharmacies in North Idaho have opioid reversal medication available, even it you don’t have a prescription. Most insurances will cover opioid reversal medication, including Medicare and Medicaid. The Opioid reversal medication Service Locator has all locations that currently carry opioid reversal medication.

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