Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury deaths in the U.S. at nearly 44,000 per year, or five deaths per hour. These deaths have more than doubled in the past 14 years, and half of them are related to prescription drugs (22,000 per year).
The drug problem in the US has reached epidemic proportions. It discriminates against no one and touches the lives of so many people in each and every state. States like Kentucky, which is one of the top five states with the highest overdose death rates according to the CDC.
It’s obvious that a solution is needed and the tides may be swiftly changing after an announcement by The Kroger Co. this week.
Following an announcement made earlier this year by CVS Health in Texas, the Louisville Division of Kroger announced that Naloxone, the opioid reversal drug, will be made available to the public without a prescription in 80 pharmacies in Kentucky.
“We want families dealing with addiction and families of patients on high doses of prescription opiates to have convenient access to naloxone and have the medication on hand in the event that they need it,” says Calvin Kaufmann, President of Kroger’s Louisville Division.
In order to make this long-awaited move a reality, Kroger’s administration worked with Bellevue Primary Care’s Dr. Jeremy Engel to make a plan of action.
“It is wonderful having so many Kroger pharmacists working together to protect their patients and families. Lives will be saved,” says Dr. Engel.
In addition to Kroger, you can also purchase Naloxone at select Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid stores across the country.
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