CVS in NYS to start selling heroin antidote without prescription

NEW YORK (AP) – New York state health officials are announcing that 479 CVS pharmacies across the state will start selling the heroin antidote naloxone without a prescription.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says he hopes the agreement with CVS announced Thursday will save lives and get drug users on the road to recovery.

Naloxone temporarily blocks the effects of heroin, OxyContin and other powerful painkillers. It has been used by ambulance crews and emergency rooms for decades. It is commonly known by the brand name Narcan.

People who receive naloxone as a treatment should go to a hospital before the drug’s effects wear off.

The health department says naloxone itself has no potential for being abused because it has no effect unless a person has opioids in his or her system. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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