Mississippi State Department of Health

Mississippi OSUD Program Outline





Professional Training

More than 600 healthcare professionals received training from the Opioid and Substance Use Disorder program in FY 2022. Training topics center on:

Public Awareness

A comprehensive and multi-agency coordinated public education campaign, "Make Mississippi OD Free" promoted a new, centralized website with the most current and authoritative information on risks related to the opioid epidemic, and prospective solutions to this ongoing crisis. In partnership with the Mississippi Opioid and Heroin Data Collaborative, the campaign provided the website, a statewide resource directory, and town hall presentations. An online reporting tool is used to ensure that the resource directory is current and accurate.


Mississippians can now request naloxone without a prescription simply by completing an online form. MSDH Pharmacy staff will dispense a naloxone kit under the current state naloxone standing order, and ship the kit directly to the requesting individual. Educational material accompanies each kit, covering how to recognize an overdose, what to do if you encounter someone experiencing an overdose, and how to administer naloxone. Kits also include a drug deactivation and disposal system (when available) along with information on how to access treatment, prevention and recovery resources.


The MSDH Medications for Substance Use Disorders (MSUD) program is available statewide to increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder.


In 2022, Senate Bill 2738 was introduced, passed and signed into law after a year of research and education by the Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Program, MSDH, the Mississippi State Medical Association. and the Mississippi Psychiatric Association. The bill ensures that telemedicine services are covered by health insurance providers. This policy effort was essential to offering wide-access telemedicine treatment for opioid use disorder in Mississippi.

Future Plans

Links referenced on this page
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View reports    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/44,0,382,740.html ok
Visit the ODFree.org website    https://odfree.org/
Request an appointment    https://apps.msdh.ms.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=L8FW7P9R4XPDM8Y3

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