Mississippi State Department of Health

Mississippi OSUD Program Outline





Professional Training

More than 440 healthcare professionals received training from the Opioid and Substance Use Disorder program in FY 2023. Training topics center on:

Public Awareness

A comprehensive, 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, coordinated social media and digital advertising, tv and radio advertising, and print materials.


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 now available for Mississippians through our network of county health departments. Remember, if you lack transportation, we offer free rides to appointments.


In 2024, House Bills 1137 and 1068 both were passed and signed into law. HB 1137 allows community organizations and locations in high risk opioid overdose areas to store, possess and distribute naloxone, which should aid in harm reduction efforts in the state. HB 1068 also was signed into law and requires county medical examiners to enter all drug-related information electronically, which should aid in MSDH surveillance and provide information in a more timely manner.

Future Plans

Links referenced on this page
View reports    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/44,0,382,740.html ok
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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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