DEERFIELD, Ill. (WKBN) – Walgreens announced Monday they are making naloxone, an anti-overdose drug, available without a prescription in all of its Ohio pharmacies.
The drug will be available at all 240 locations in Ohio.
The medication can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs, and is administered by injection or nasal spray.
Instructions are provided on how to administer the medication, which includes calling 911 and seeking medical attention. Naloxone is not a substitute for medical care.
“By making naloxone available without a prescription, we are making it easier for Ohio families and caregivers to help their loved ones in need,” said Chris Creamer, Walgreens Regional Healthcare Director in Ohio. “We are committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities we serve.”
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include prescription and illicit drugs. That is a 6.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 140 percent increase since 2000.
“Heroin took the lives of more than 2,400 Ohioans in 2014,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “By making naloxone available to customers without a prescription, Walgreens will help make this lifesaving drug available to those who need it.”
Walgreens also will be installing safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 pharmacies in 39 states, including Ohio.