The life-saving drug naloxone (Narcan) will no longer require a prescription at Ohio CVS locations starting next month. The drug has been used by first responders to revive heroin or opiate overdose victims. Loved ones of heroin users previously had to obtain a prescription from a doctor.
AIDS Resource Center Ohio was one of the first central Ohio pharmacies to sell the drug without a prescription. They have sold more than 80 doses since September of 2015.
AIDS Resource Center Ohio Chief Operating Officer Peggy Anderson says, “If we lose them to an overdose then we have lost an opportunity to have a productive life in the future.”
Naloxone has offered a second chance for many.
Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long explains, “We know this is a daily thing. Maybe 6, 7, 8 times a day our Columbus EMS are administering that and that’s only if they get there and get to the place at the right time.”