A new state program will cover up to $40 of the co-payment for naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an opiate or opioid overdose.
Starting Aug. 9, people with insurance who ask for naloxone at participating pharmacies will receive the medication and will not be charged, up to $40, according to Ben Rosen from the Department of Health public information office.
The DOH website says participating pharmacies include Kinney Drugs, Walgreen’s, Rite Aid and Price Chopper, each of which operate multiple locations in St. Lawrence County. More information is at goo.gl/JwLBLH
Naloxone cannot be abused and only works on people who have overdosed on opiates or opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, hydromorphone or other similar drugs. It is sometimes marketed under the name brand Narcan. Naloxone is usually administered as a nasal spray, but also comes in an injectable form.
People without insurance can get naloxone through one of the state’s opioid overdose prevention programs. More information is at goo.gl/UL53ao