Kroger to offer heroin OD drug without a prescription

Kroger to offer heroin OD drug without a prescription
(FOX19 NOW file)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Kroger will make the overdose antidote drug Naloxone available without a prescription at 100 pharmacies in Ohio and northern Kentucky.

Also known as Narcan, the drug is used to reverse an OD on heroin or other opioid drugs. It's routinely carried by fire and EMS crews, but has become increasingly available to the public in recent months.

Attorney General Mike DeWine and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman joined Kroger officials for the announcement at the Oakley store Friday.

"We want families dealing with addiction to know that they can count on having this drug available in the event that they need it," said Jeff Talbot, vice president of Merchandising for Kroger's local division.

Officials say several other Kroger stores will also stock Naloxone – 216 in total.

The Cincinnati-based company worked the UC's Dr. Shawn Ryan in developing a protocol and process for dispensing narcan without a prescription.

Pharmacists are prepared to educate customers on how to handle and administer the drug, according to Kroger reps.

The drug is administered as an inhaler or with an injection and can reverse the breath suppression effects of opioids.

Ohio Department of Public Safety records show that naloxone was administered nearly 13,000 times around the state last year.

CVS announced earlier this month it would make naloxone available without a prescription at all of its pharmacies in Ohio beginning next month.

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