Over 8000 Walgreens stores across the Country will begin carrying the drug Naloxone. A drug that has been called the most successful overdose treatment available.
ABC NEWS (@abcnews) reports that the drug, commonly known as Narcan is administered through a nasal spray, and is an FDA approved form of Naloxone. Narcan works to counteract respiratory depression, in which a large dose of opiod stops the body’s signal to continue breathing. Overdoses from prescription painkillers, heroin, and derivatives cause this frequent cause of overdose deaths. AmeriSourceBergen, a pharmaceutical wholesaler, has distributed Narcan demonstration devices for free to Walgreens pharmacist so they can instruct patients on how to administer the medication.