Drug to reverse effects of opioid overdose available from pharmacists


MISSISSIPPI. KEEGAN: NALOXONE IS NOW
AVAILABLE IN MISSISSIPPI
PHARMACIES. THE DRUG IS USED TO REVERSE THE
EFFECTS OF OPIOID OVERDOSES. PHARMACISTS ARE NOW ABLE TO
DISPENSE NALOXONE BY REQUEST. A PRESCRIPTION FROM A DOCTOR OR
OTHER MEDICAL PRACTITIONER IS
NOT REQUIRED. STATE HEALTH OFFICER DR. MARY
CURRIER ISSUED THE ORDER TO GET
THE LIFE-SAVING DRUG TO MORE
CITIZENS.>>THIS IS NOW BEING DISTRIBUTED
TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST
RESPONDERS, AND THIS STEP THAT
DR. CURRIER HAS MADE IT MORE
— HAS OPENED THE DOOR TO MAKE
IT MORE AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. KEEGAN: MISSISSIPPI HAS SEEN A
SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE
NUMBER OF OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS
IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, WITH
172 IN 2016 COMPARED WITH 76 IN
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