Naloxone now available at Kroger with no prescription for opioid emergencies

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Published: Jan. 31, 2017 at 6:00 PM EST
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People throughout the Valley now have one more place to get help in case of an opioid emergency:

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Kroger is following in the footsteps of some other major pharmacies and is now stocking naloxone that you can pick up without a prescription.

Naloxone can be used to treat overdoses from several drugs, including heroin.

Some local pharmacists say naloxone can sometimes get a negative label by being associated with heroin, but it can also save the life of someone who overdosed on a prescribed drug like morphine.

"It is not just the illegal drug use, its for anyone, and more people die from the prescription overdose of opioids every year, and so its important they have it on hand -- especially to save someone's life," said Robert Gibson, a pharmacist at Kroger.

Gibson wants to stress that when naloxone is administered you want to call 911 immediately, because even though it goes into effect quickly it also wears off quickly as well.