First Responder Naloxone (Narcan) Technical Assistance

As part of Governor Bakers and the State Legislature's comprehensive strategy to address the opioid overdose epidemic in Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health has awarded grants for Police and Fire Departments to carry and administer naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote, in municipalities that are most affected by this epidemic.

The grant provides funding to purchase naloxone and for some other related costs. Awarded municipalities receive technical assistance on program implementation from MassTAPP (A BSAS-funded prevention TA provider). Grants are intended to help cover some of the costs associated with the implementation of first responder naloxone administration, and are not designed to cover the full costs for every municipality.

This page also includes information on accessing naloxone for non-DPH funded First Responder departments such as information on accessing the Bulk Purchasing Program, training resources, and sample policies and data collection forms.

Logistics and What You Need to Know
•    DPH Naloxone Page (link is external)
•    Guidance on Optional First Responder Program (link is external)
•    First Responder FAQ (link is external)
•    Emergency Medical Services Pre-Hospital Statewide Treatment Protocols (link is external)
•    Protocol Changes for 2016, version 1 (link is external)

Response Training for First Responders
•    Sample First Responder Overdose Response Training
•    Additional Training Resources and Information
•    Minimum Training Requirements (Office of Emergency Medical Services)
•    First Responder Naloxone Grant Webinar Recordings and PowerPoints

Forms and Implementation
(Includes Examples from Other Programs)
•    Example MOA with State Police
•    Department Policy Examples (Includes Examples of 911 Good Samaritan Policy (Acts 2012, Chapter 192, Section 32)
      • Barnstable
      • Haverill
•    Guidelines for Completing Incident Report Form
•    Incident Report Back Form for BSAS Funded Departments
•    Incident Report Back Form for Non-BSAS Funded Departments

Bulk Purchasing of Naloxone for Municpalities
•    Bulk Purchasing Guidance
•    Bulk Purchasing Notice
•    Guidance to Municipalities
•    Bulk Purchasing Q+A
•    MCSR Registration Form

A single Massachusetts Controlled Substances Registration (MCSR) is required for each municipality that wishes to authorize first responders to administer naloxone. Municipal naloxone MCSR’s expire after one year. To find out whether or not your municipality’s MCSR is currently active, please visit the list of active facility MCSRs located on the Drug Control Program’s verification page, or call the MCSR help line at 617-973-0949.

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