Published: Wed, February 01, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Naloxone now available at Kroger with no prescription for opioid emergencies

Naloxone now available at Kroger with no prescription for opioid emergencies

Kroger pharmacies in West Virginia now are dispensing Naloxone without a prescription.

The West Virginia Legislature passed a bill in March 2016 allowing pharmacies to dispense Naloxone without a prescription.

There are Kroger pharmacies offering Naloxone in several cities, including Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Smith Mountain Lake, and Lynchburg.

Kroger's isn't the only pharmacy in West Virginia that has made the opioid reversing drug available over the counter.

The life-saving tool will be available to those who have a family member or friend who suffers from an opioid addiction. "By allowing Naloxone to be safely and responsibly issued by pharmacists to anyone in Virginia, friends and family members of individuals struggling with addiction can take a much-needed step towards preventing overdoses of loved ones".

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Patients can also use the antidote as a preventative measure for those that manage chronic pain with opioids.

West Virginia has the highest rate of death due to drug overdose in the USA, with 41.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2015 - more than double the national average.

Officials with the grocery chain's Mid-Atlantic Division announced Monday that the change has been implemented in Kroger's 34 pharmacies across the state.

Naloxone treats a narcotic overdose by temporarily blocking the drug and waking up the overdose victim. They have to consult a pharmacist so we can go over these education points. She adds that the West Virginia legislation also called for the Board of Pharmacy and the Bureau of Public Health to develop new protocols for counseling patients, as well as creating educational materials through the state's Controlled Substance Monitoring Program.

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