NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — CVS Caremark says it plans to offer the anti-overdose drug naloxone without a prescription at all 60 of its Rhode Island pharmacies.
The Providence Journal reported Saturday that kits containing the nasal-spray form of Narcan, the brand name of the drug, should be available at all stores by the end of the month. The drug has been successful in reversing the effects of opiate overdoses.
Michael DeAngelis, a spokesman for the Woonsocket-based company, says a collaborative agreement has been reached with pharmacists as part of a commitment to fight prescription drug abuse.
Walgreens launched a similar program at its Rhode Island pharmacies last year.
State health officials have reported 127 overdose deaths this year and called the problem an epidemic.
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