2014’s top posts: #4

CVS is selling Narcan in Rhode Island

NARCAN-KITHere’s an interesting development in access to Narcan:

CVS Pharmacy announced that it would offer the opiate antidote Narcan without a prescription at all of its 60 pharmacies in Rhode Island by the end of month.

Narcan, also known as naloxone, offers immediate help for anyone overdosing from an opiate such as heroin or a prescription painkiller such as OxyContin. If given in time, Narcan can reverse an overdose by restoring breathing.

“Over half of our pharmacies are now under a collaborative agreement that allows them to dispense Narcan without a prescription,” CVS spokesman Michael DeAngelis said Friday. “It’s part of our commitment to combat prescription drug abuse. We think it’s a great public service.”

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Michigan increases access to naloxone

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We’ve finally increased access to life preservers. Now, how do we get them out of the sea?

It’s official.

The new laws will allow a state resident to obtain a prescription for naloxone, also known by its brand name, Narcan, to immediately reverse the effects of an opiate overdose, whether due to heroin or a prescription drug such as Vicodin or OxyContin. It also requires emergency medical technicians to carry it on the ambulance, something that is already common practice throughout southeast Michigan.

This is very good news.

The next big question is, what comes after the OD?