The Oberlin CVS pharmacy on Rt. 58, along with 318 other Ohio locations, will start selling naloxone over the counter in late March, the company has announced.
Known by the brand name Narcan, naloxone is a narcotic blocker used to treat drug overdoses.
It’s proven especially helpful in stopping heroin reactions before they turn deadly.
Police agencies across Lorain County were the first in the state to begin carrying naloxone to treat overdose victims. Now CVS is the first retailer to stock it here without the need for a prescription.
“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Ohio pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, a CVS Pharmacy vice president. “We support expanding naloxone availability and we applaud the state of Ohio for its leadership in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.”
“By making naloxone available at their stores without an individual prescription, CVS Pharmacies will be helping to put a life-saving tool in the hands of Ohioans who may have a family member or someone close to them suffering from an opiate addiction,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “Many of our first responders carry naloxone, but having it available on a wider basis could get help to someone who is overdosing even more quickly.”
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said it shouldn’t be easier for Ohioans to get heroin and other opioids than it is to get life-saving medication necessary to stop overdoses.
“As trusted institutions in the community, pharmacies have an important role to play in our collective fight against addiction to opioids and heroin. CVS Health’s commitment to solving this problem by making overdose-reversing medications available to patients, first responders, and caregivers without an individual prescription shows it takes this responsibility seriously,” he said.