Naloxone standing orders


Senate Bill 15-053 expands access to the life-saving drug Naloxone, used to reverse overdoses to narcotic drugs such as certain prescription medications and heroin. As a result of the new law, the chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) may issue standing orders for Naloxone to be dispensed by pharmacies and harm reduction organization employees and volunteers to help expand statewide Naloxone access to those who need it most.


If your agency has a medical provider with prescriptive authority on staff, use the examples below for writing your own order:


If your agency does not have a medical provider with prescriptive authority:


Learn how to safely administer Naloxone
With these standing orders, eligible entities can now provide Naloxone to those who might benefit from it the most, including:
  • A family member, friend, or other person in a position to assist a person at risk of overdose.
  • An employee or volunteer of the eligible entity.
  • An individual at risk of overdose.
Learn about the Bring Naloxone Home program.