Nasal spray to reverse heroin overdoses now available

- A nasal spray that already saved tens of thousands of lives is going to be available in a lot more places.

That drug is called Narcan, or naloxone, and it’s used to reverse heroin overdoses.

In October 2015, Pennsylvania started letting pharmacies carry naloxone products. Now, Acme is the first to do so, and all ten of Acme’s locations in Delaware County will be carrying it.

Co-pay costs vary based on Medicaid and insurance plans. At Acme, you’ll have to provide a list of the opiod prescriptions a loved one is taking, and you may have to pay about $100.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports naloxone has saved 26,463 lives nationwide over the past 20 years.

Also, it estimates 89 Americans die from an opioid-related overdose every day, and Pennsylvania is among the highest incidence areas for opioid-related abuse and overdose.

Police officers in Delaware County have been authorized to administer naloxone to overdose victims since November, 2014. They’ve saved 244 lives.

The hope is that loved ones can administer the drug more quickly and save even more lives.

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