(a) The state health officer may prescribe on a statewide basis an opioid antagonist by one or more standing orders to eligible recipients.

Terms Used In West Virginia Code 16-46-7

  • Opioid antagonist: means a federal Food and Drug Administration-approved drug for the treatment of an opiate-related overdose, such as naloxone hydrochloride or other substance, that, when administered, negates or neutralizes, in whole or in part, the pharmalogical effects of an opioid in the body. See West Virginia Code 16-46-2
  • Standing order: means a written document containing rules, policies, procedures, regulations and orders for the conduct of patient care, including the condition being treated, the action to be taken and the dosage and route of administration for the drug prescribed. See West Virginia Code 16-46-2
  • state: when applied to a part of the United States and not restricted by the context, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories, and the words "United States" also include the said district and territories. See West Virginia Code 2-2-10

(b) A standing order must specify, at a minimum:

(1) The opioid antagonist formulations and means of administration that are approved for dispensing;

(2) The eligible recipients to whom the opioid antagonist may be dispensed;

(3) Any training that is required for an eligible recipient to whom the opioid antagonist is dispensed;

(4) The circumstances under which an eligible recipient may distribute or administer the opioid antagonist; and

(5) The timeline for renewing and updating the standing order.