CVS To Sell Opiate Overdose Drug Naloxone Without Prescription In Arizona

By  Casey Kuhn
Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 1:39pm
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 2:12pm

(Photo by Casey Kuhn - KJZZ)
What the Naloxone spray will look like in CVS pharmacies.

Arizona’s attorney general met with CVS Pharmacy representatives Tuesday to announce a drug to reverse an opioid overdose will be available at all stores across the state without a prescription.

State law last year allowed pharmacists to distribute the overdose reversal drug called naloxone or Narcan without a prescription.

CVS announced it will have two versions of the drug — a nasal spray for $110 and an injectable drug for $40.

Officials say almost 500 reversals have been carried out in Arizona this year.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said the opioid epidemic will need to be addressed with more than just the reversal drug, but widespread availability is a start.

“Whether you’re in Scottsdale, or Sierra Vista, whether you’re in Tucson or Tonopah, you will have an antidote available if someone is overdosed," he said.

Naloxone will be available in all 195 CVS stores in the state.

Brnovich said the drug, which works by immediately stopping the process of an opioid overdose, isn’t the only cure for the widespread opioid epidemic.

“If you’re a caregiver, maybe you’re worried about your kids, there’s a multitude of reasons why you maybe want to have this on hand, but this is just one step," Brnovich said. "Ultimately, this is just one step, there’s a lot of other things as a society we need to do to address this problem.

State officials say more than 6,000 naloxone kits have been distributed across the state this year.

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