This past Thursday the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy passed an emergency regulation
which will allow pharmacists to provide Naloxone without a prescription.
This measure comes in the wake of an unprecedented heroin epidemic that
is affecting nearly every community in the state. The new regulation will
go into effect immediately. However, even though the drug can now be given
without a prescription, there are still guidelines and protocols that
must be met and which also must be renewed yearly.
Naloxone, which is also known as Narcan, is effective in immediately sending
an overdose victim into withdrawal, which in turn restores the person’s
breathing. The drug is administered by either spraying directly into the
nostrils or by injection. This measure aims to cut down on overdose related
deaths caused by both heroin and prescription painkillers.
Prior to this legislation it was necessary to obtain a prescription from
a doctor in order to receive Narcan. However, the major problem was the
fact that most overdose victims are often not immediately taken to a hospital
or someplace that can administer the proper medications. The hope is that
drug users will purchase Naloxone and be prepared for any overdoses that
may occur or be able to quickly obtain the medication from a pharmacy
for someone who is in need.
While this measure will certainly cut down on the death rate, it is unclear
just how dramatic the effect will be. A potential cause for concern is
the fact that this may enable drug users to continue drug abuse. The knowledge
of an available safety net may be enough to prompt some users to freely
use drugs without fear of death due to accidental overdose. However, regardless
of the pros and cons, hopefully this is a positive step in the fight against heroin.
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