1,000 Ohio pharmacies offer overdose antidote without Rx

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN/AP) — The state pharmacy board says 1,000 Ohio pharmacies, or about 47 percent of them, now offer the overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription.

They are located within 79 counties throughout the Buckeye State.

Expanding access to it has been a major part of Ohio’s strategy to curb the increasing overdoses and deaths attributed to heroin and stronger drugs, such as fentanyl.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, can be administered before emergency responders arrive. It isn’t harmful if the recipient hasn’t actually overdosed on heroin or similar drugs.

“Increasing the availability of naloxone is essential in preventing fatal drug overdoses impacting our state,” said State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Steven W. Schierholt in a statement. “I am proud that Ohio pharmacies have stepped up to offer this medication in their communities.”

Gov. John Kasich signed a law last year enabling pharmacies to distribute the reversal drug to an at-risk opioid user or a user’s relative or friend without a prescription.

The Board of Pharmacy said Monday that 79 of Ohio’s 88 counties now have at least one of those pharmacies.

For a complete list of all pharmacies offering naloxone without a prescription, visit: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov/stopoverdose

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