Walgreens Sells Heroin Remedy Without Prescription
Heroin is so common, that Walgreens is selling the remedy for the drug without a prescription.
Naloxone is an opioid antidote that is now for sale over the counter in over 1,300 Walgreens stores in Alabama, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The drug can be administered as a nasal spray, or injected into a muscle to reverse the effects of a heroin (or other opioid) overdose.
Back in January, The New Orleans Health Department issued a standing order to let the public buy naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, over the counter. When the order was made, deaths by fentanyl-laced heroin overdoses had spiked to 14 deaths in New Orleans alone. That eclipsed fentanyl-related deaths in all of 2015.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid medically prescribed to treat severe pain, although its powdered form is often mixed with heroin to create a stronger high.