NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hundreds of Duane Reade and Walgreen Co. pharmacies will begin giving out a heroin antidote without a prescription across New York state.
The move brings the number of pharmacies where the drug is available over the counter to more than 1,000 statewide.
It has been used by ambulance crews and emergency rooms for decades.
The drug will be housed behind the pharmacy counter and customers will still have to speak with a professional to obtain naloxone, WCBS 880’s Stephanie Colombini reported.
People who receive naloxone as a treatment should go to a hospital before the drug’s effects wear off.
Health Department officials say naloxone itself has no potential for being abused because it has no effect unless a person has opioids in his or her system.
“Opioid overdose is preventable, yet it continues to claim hundreds of lives in our city,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “By making naloxone even more widely available we are literally saving lives and helping New Yorkers onto the path to recovery.”
State health officials earlier announced that CVS pharmacies would also offer the drug.
Visit nyc.gov/health or call 311 to find a participating pharmacy and more information about overdose prevention.
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