Prescription-Free Naloxone

Pharmacy

Another interesting moral quandary. Check out this piece. It reports that Hy-Vee is making Naloxone, used for the treatment of opioid drug overdoses, available in 4 states without prescription.

Good news? Sure! If you or a loved one is at risk of a drug overdose, the ready availability of a drug, in injectable or even nasal inhaler form, that can save a life is a godsend. BUT. Again, I worry if this quick fix will encourage a more cavalier attitude toward drug use.

Bottom Line. As I keep saying, beware of unintended consequences. Question. In a situation like this, is there a way to get the positive benefits of an antidote’s availability without encouraging increased use of illegal opioid drugs?

Think about it!

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