Nevada Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Program

School of Community Health Sciences

Effective Dates: 9/1/15-8/31/16 pending NCE
Grant: HRSA D94RH2927
Project Director: Chris Marchand
Evaluator: Karla Wagner

The Nevada Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Program is being developed by a statewide community partnership led by Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, Nevada. This project will address the critical problem of opioid overdose in the state of Nevada, and in particular rural areas of the state. This project is a result of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (SB459) signed by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on May 5, 2015. This act provides:

  1. Authority for emergency medical technicians in Nevada to administer naloxone
  2. Good Samaritan protection for those acting in good faith to assist a person who is experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose
  3. Authorization of the prescription of naloxone to a person in a position to assist someone at risk of an overdose

Project Aim

  • To reduce the incidence of morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdose in rural and frontier Nevada.

Project Steps

A series of activities will be implemented linked to the following primary objectives:

  1. Enabling community-level distribution of naloxone to individuals at risk of overdose
  2. Distribution of naloxone to basic life support EMS agencies
  3. Public education and outreach on opioid overdose
  4. Health care provider education prescription drug use and abuse