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Date:  May 19, 2022


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Requisition No: 545482 

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: PHARMACY TECHNICIAN OPS - 60953006

Position Number: 60953006 

Salary:  $45,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 06/08/2022 

Roles and Responsibilities of Narcan Pharmacy Technician at Florida State Hospital

Overview of DCF’s Narcan Program


In Florida, 3,726 lives were lost to opioid overdose in 2018 alone. Opioids are prescription pain medications such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, as well as heroin and fentanyl. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an emergency treatment medication that reverses opioid overdose and saves lives.


DCF provides Narcan to organizations that will hand out free Narcan kits directly to people who are likely to experience or witness an opioid overdose. DCF’s Narcan Program began on August 31, 2016. There are currently 120 providers receiving Narcan through this program, including hospital emergency departments, substance use treatment providers, homeless shelters, harm reduction programs, and others. Since the start of the program to date, 3,609 overdose reversals have been reported. Overdose reversals are self-reported and underreported, so it is expected that more than 3,609 lives have been saved through this program.


Narcan Pharmacy Technician Position


DCF received the State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant to respond to Florida’s opioid crisis in October 2018. One of the goals of the SOR Grant is to reduce opioid overdose deaths by increasing access to naloxone/Narcan in Florida. The SOR Grant funds a full-time OPS Pharmacy Technician Position at Florida State Hospital at 40 hours/week to assist with managing DCF’s Narcan Program. The position is currently funded through the end of the grant on September 30, 2020, with the possibility of extending the position through September 30, 2021. DCF will try to secure additional funding to continue the position once the grant ends.


Narcan Pharmacy Technician – Roles and Responsibilities


  • Ship each Narcan order to providers within 1-2 days after receiving the request from Amanda Muller (DCF Overdose Prevention/Narcan Program Coordinator). If an order cannot be shipped within 1-2 days (out of the office, not enough Narcan in stock to fill an order, etc.), email Amanda, Dr. Tonja McElvin (FSH Pharmacy Manager), and the provider to communicate that a shipment will be delayed and provide the estimated date the order will be shipped to the provider.
  • Email the FedEx tracking # for each Narcan shipment. Email Amanda, Dr. McElvin, and the provider when sending the tracking #.


  • Make sure the address is correct for the shipment and that the number of Narcan kits being shipped equal the number of Narcan kits requested by the provider. If a provider’s order is reduced due to low supply, email Amanda, Dr. McElvin, and the provider to communicate why the order is reduced and provide an estimated date when the rest of the order will be shipped to the provider.


  • Only ship out Narcan orders submitted by Amanda. If providers send you a Narcan order directly, email the order to Amanda for approval before shipping. (We only supply Narcan to providers that have completed required training from DCF and have agreed to hand out free kits to people at risk of overdose, so we need to first make sure the provider is enrolled in the Narcan Program and is able to meet the requirements before shipping out an order.)


  • Keep ongoing internal tracking of Narcan inventory - how many kits are shipped out and how many kits are in stock. (Cardinal ships 12 Narcan kits per box.)


  • Email Amanda and Dr. McElvin when Narcan supply is running low – which is when we have 3,000 kits or less in stock.


  • If a Narcan order gets sent back to the state hospital, notify Amanda, Dr. McElvin, and the provider when you receive the returned shipment, which provider it was for, and the reason FedEx provided for not being able to deliver the shipment.


  • Create purchase orders and submit special bulk orders of Narcan to Cardinal, upon approval from Amanda.


  • Communicate with Amanda and Dr. McElvin if you plan to be out of the office on certain days and when you expect to return.


  • Due to the way this position is grant-funded, this position can only work on tasks related to the Narcan Program. If there are no tasks that need to be completed for the Narcan Program (no orders to be shipped, inventory is updated, no orders to be placed to Cardinal), this position can provide support to the Indigent Drug Program and other areas in need of assistance as requested by Dr. McElvin.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

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