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70 Valley pharmacies offering opiate overdose antidote

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The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced on Wednesday that with the recent addition of Giant Eagle and Rite Aid stores there are now more than 1,300 pharmacies in 84 counties offering naloxone without a prescription.

Nalaxone is available at thirty pharmacies in Mahoning County, 29 in Trumbull County, and 11 in Columbiana County.

Naloxone (Narcan®) is a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and can restore breathing in a matter of minutes.

To expand access to the drug, Governor Kasich signed House Bill 4 into law, which allows pharmacists to dispense this medication without a prescription to an at-risk opioid user or someone who can intervene in the event of an overdose.

As a result, 65 percent (1,374) of all retail pharmacies in Ohio are offering naloxone without a prescription.

This represents an increase from the 47 percent (1,000) of retail pharmacies previously reported in August.

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

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