HHS releases guidance for naloxone administration during pandemic

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued guidance for first responders to safely administer naloxone during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HHS stated that naloxone can be safely administered with proper PPE and safety measures, and published resources for first responders responding to overdoses during the pandemic.

A flyer published by the department outlines eight steps for administering naloxone while reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

By taking universal safety precautions, all law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS providers can safely administer naloxone for overdose reversal, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources listed below provide guidance for first responders.