May 27, 2020

CVS Makes Naloxone Available Without Prescription

National drug chain CVS is fighting overdose deaths by making the opaite antidote Naloxone available without a prescription. 

Naloxone is available at CVS stores in 12 states: Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.

In California, the experiment will begin with 50 locations, according to The Drug Policy Alliance. A full list of pharmacies that will supply the drug in California can be found here

“The fact that… today we're seeing CVS stores all across California beginning to see naloxone without a prescription is a testament to how hard many, many people worked behind the scenes to make this happen so fast, said Laura Thomas, California deputy director of the Drug Policy Alliance. 

Naloxone is a safe and effective way of stopping overdose deaths from opiates. It is increasingly being carrier by emergency responders around the country. 

People who have lost love ones to opiate addiction are praising the policy change.

“We're been waiting for this day for years,” said Denise Cullen, an Orange County mom whose son died of a heroin overdose.We know better than anyone else that having access to that important drug can literally be the difference between life and death for our kids. This is a hugely significant day for all of us.”  

Pharmacists who dispense the drug must undergo an online training, and people who purchase Naloxone will recieve a brief training in the store. The drug can be purchsed with cash or, in some cases, insurance. 




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