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Walgreens Introduces Narcan in 36 States and Drug Disposal in 40

  • Walgreens Introduces Narcan in 36 States and Drug Disposal in 40

    Walgreens Introduces Narcan in 36 States and Drug Disposal in 40

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    The long awaited prescriptionless Narcan is finally here! (Well, almost.) In a press release from Walgreens on February 9th the pharmaceutical super-giant announced Narcan will be available in more than 500 Walgreens in 36 states. Whatsmore, Walgreens will introduce drug disposal receptacles in 40 States. Customers can drop off their unwanted or expired prescription medications and controlled (illicit) substances. I’d like to say with “no questions asked,” but that phrase, or similar meaning, was not conveyed in the press release.    

    In light of the opiate epidemic, many people afflicted from the disease of addiction, or loved ones, may freely purchase Narcan by the end of 2016. Walgreens most targeted for the program are 24 hours. New York is already awash in Narcan, with Indiana and Ohio to follow later on this month.

    Our Sunshine State has not yet made the list for prescriptionless Narcan at our local Walgreens. Soon. We hope.

    States Approved for Narcan without Rx

    • Alabama
    • Arkansas
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Connecticut
    • District of Columbia

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    • Idaho
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Minnesota
    • Mississippi
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • New Hampshire
    • New Jersey
    • New Mexico
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • Oregon
    • Pennsylvania
    • Rhode Island
    • South Dakota
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Vermont
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • Wisconsin

     

    States Approved for Depositories (Bring your drugs! Really…)

    • Alabama
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Connecticut
    • District of Columbia
    • Florida

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    • Georgia
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Michigan
    • Minnesota
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • New Jersey
    • New Mexico
    • New York
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • Oregon
    • Pennsylvania
    • Rhode Island
    • South Carolina
    • South Dakota
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Vermont
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • Wisconsin

     

    Walgreens Introduces Narcan in 36 States and Drug Disposal in 40 imageIs it about time, or what? We’re finally starting to see many needed changes come into fruition; although the programs won’t be available nationwide in 2016 (at least, not that we know of) hopefully in the coming 2017 the entire nation will have Narcan available at their fingertips to save the lives of loved ones, community members, and everyone in between.

    Some fear the introduction of Narcan will perpetuate heroin and prescription medication addiction, using Narcan to cheat death with a convenient nasal spray- but here’s why I don’t believe this potential phenomena will fester:

    When administered, Narcan prompts immediate withdrawal symptoms (since all opiates are temporarily purged from receptors). Even those people in the thick of addiction who want to get help don’t, because they’re afraid of withdrawal. So no, people with substance use disorders are not looking forward to inducing withdrawal on themselves.

    Because Narcan’s effects are temporary the drug is not an end-all-be-all solution to overdose. Victims still require treatment to avoid further complications. At which point an intervention of treatment would be ideal.

    Narcan gives us hope to change the fates of those who cannot yet orchestrate it for themselves.

     

    Is your state on the list for Walgreens’ releases?

     

    Featured image: Walgreens, CT by Mike Mozart licensed under CC by 2.0

     

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