CVS Health makes naloxone prescription-free in Idaho
CVS Health continues to expand the availability of naloxone in its CVS Pharmacy across the country. Idaho is the 31st state where naloxone is available without a prescription, making it easier for family members, friends and caregivers of opioid users to access the medication.
"Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and we can help save lives by increasing access to this medication in our Idaho pharmacies by the use of prescriptive authority for patients without a prescription," CVS Pharmacy VP of Pharmacy Professional Practices Tom Davis said. "We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery."
Naloxone is available in injectable and nose spray formulations. The medication is effective against opioid overdoses caused by prescription medications and illegal drugs.
"CVS Health has been a leader in helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse and we applaud their work to increase access to this life-saving drug for patients without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Idaho," Partnership for Drug-Free Kids President and CEO Marcia Lee Taylor said. "Increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction."