The new drug against heroin overdoses known as naloxone has now been approved in over 500 treatment centers and pharmacies throughout the country without the need of a prescription, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
The overdose-related cases have been a reason for concern over the past few years because more and more people have become addicted to heroin and opioids. Until recently, only qualified personnel were allowed to use Narcan (brand name of naloxone) in the case of an emergency situation.
But thanks to the fact that this drug is easy to administer by just spraying into the victim’s nostrils, health officials issued a law in 2015 allowing naloxone to be available by prescription from a doctor.
However, nonprofit organizations, treatment centers, and pharmacies can now register with the state in order to be allowed to distribute the drug without a prescription to every person who wants to buy it.
CVS pharmacies are the primary overdose drug distributor, covering more than 100 locations throughout the United States. According to Jennifer Walthall, State Department of Health Deputy Commissioner, everyone will be able to have this drug in their houses in case of a critical situation.
It is good that they will be able to prevent possible casualties, but hopefully, the will never need to use it. Obtaining the approval to distribute naloxone is not so easy because distributing companies need to provide training regarding the correct use of naloxone and overdose response to its employees.
Plus, they need to inform people who buy the drug always to call 911 if they witness an overdose case. Just administering the drug is not enough, because it is also the need of qualified people to come and provide medical assistance to the victim.
It is important that people should not abuse of this drug. It is still a powerful drug that needs thorough instructions even it seems easy to administer.
Also, individuals who are addicted to opioid and heroin must not regard naloxone as a safety net because the help of a doctor and rehabilitation programs remain their best choice.
It is also worth mentioning that naloxone price ranges between 30 to 40 dollars a single dose. Authorities and experts have doubled their efforts to find a better strategy to deal with the heroin and opioids addiction throughout the country as well.
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