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CVS selling life saving overdose-antidote drug in 12 more states

Contributed by on September 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm

CVS/pharmacy announced the launch of multiple efforts to fight prescription drug abuse across the country, including the availability of naloxone without a prescription in 12 additional states.

The following states will now have access as well: Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.

The medication was already available at CVS/pharmacy without a prescription in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can be administered as a nasal or intravenous application to “reverse the effects of an opioid overdose by essentially blocking the opioid receptors that are targeted by heroin and many prescription painkillers”, writes The Huffington Post.

Identification of physicians who exhibit extreme patterns of prescribing high risk drugs such as pain medications and suspension of dispensing their controlled substance prescriptions.

CVS says more than 44,000 accidental drug overdoses take place in the US every year.

Naloxone works as an opioid antagonist against heroin - a powerful opiate. Critics argue that making the medication easily available at pharmacies will motivate heroin users to do more of the drug.

Narcan will be available in CVS stores across the county at their four locations in Metro York as well as in the Dover, Hanover, Red Lion and Shrewsbury stores. Company spokesperson Michael DeAngelis said states must set up programs allowing the medication to be dispensed without a prescription, which “is typically done through a state’s department of health or board of pharmacy”.

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