Dispensing Naloxone Via a Non-Patient Specific Prescription (NYSCE): The Role of the Community Pharmacist

Enduring Online Program

Contact Hours: 1.5 (0.15 ceus)

Target Audience

New York State Pharmacists

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Program Overview

The goal of this program is to provide the training needed for pharmacists to comply with the standing orders for dispensing naloxone issued by the New York State Department of Health. Opioid abuse is currently an epidemic in both New York State and the United States as a whole.  Mortality from opioid-related overdoses is also increasing. Expanding access to naloxone for use in opioid-related overdoses is one method meant to decrease mortality from these overdoses.  Pharmacists can now dispense naloxone using a non-patient specific prescription (standing order).  This continuing education program will provide the training needed for pharmacists to comply with the standing orders for dispensing naloxone issued by the New York State Department of Health.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the incidence of opioid-related mortality in both New York State and the Nation.
  2. Discuss the role of naloxone as part of an overall strategy to address opioid overdoses.
  3. List the available naloxone products and describe how each is administered.
  4. Discuss the pharmacist's role in dispensing naloxone via a non-patient specific prescription.

Program Components

This program contains a pre-test, naloxone education presentation, educational reference material, post-test, and program evaluation.  Credit will be awarded upon completion of all activity components and achieving a score of 70% or higher on the post-test.


Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP.

Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP
Commissioner of Health
Erie County Department of Health

Sharon Stancliff, MD.

Sharon Stancliff, MD
Associate Medical Director for Harm Reduction in Health Care
Office of the Medical Director, AIDS Institute
New York State Department of Health 

Denise Swiatek BS, PharmD.

Denise Swiatek BS, PharmD
Ambulatory Academic Educator
NYS DOH Medicaid Prescriber Education Program
SUNY UB School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Adjunct Professor

Program Fee

There is no fee asociated with this program.

Program Support

This pharmacy continuing education program is supported by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute.

Accreditation Information


The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This knowledge-based activity has been assigned ACPE# 0044-0000-020-002-H01-P and will award 1.5 contact hours (.15 ceus) of continuing pharmacy education credit. Credit will be uploaded to the CPE Monitor to those who complete all components of this activity and achieve a successful score of 70% or greater on the post-test.

Initial Release Date: 01-17-2020   Planned Expiration Date: 09-30-2021