A medication that reverses heroin overdoses will soon be available to customers of independent pharmacies without a prescription.
Naloxone is commonly known as Narcan. Governor Andrew Cuomo has been pushing to increase its accessibility in an effort to curb opioid abuse in New York State.
The state Department of Health will issue medical orders to more than 750 independent pharmacies outside New York City.
CVS and Walgreens stores already have Narcan available without a prescription. Many first responders also carry the medication, and most people can carry it if they receive training.
Narcan is administered by injection or nasal spray. It temporarily blocks the effects of opioids to allow and overdose patient to regain consciousness.
“Usually you do this with the person that that has overdosed and what the drug does it is reverses the effects of the opioid so it brings them out of the overdose, brings them into consciousness and helps them breath better,” says Janet LaRue with Trinity of Chemung County.