The Delaware Division of Public Health and CVS Health recently announced that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is available without an individual prescription at the 20 CVS Pharmacy locations in Delaware, including those located inside Target stores.
CVS pharmacists will be able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription under a statewide standing order issued by the DPH.
“By making naloxone available to the public without a prescription, CVS Health has taken an important step in helping us combat the opioid epidemic here in Delaware,” said Gov. John Carney. “Naloxone can give people a second chance to get medical care and be connected to resources to treat their addiction. We greatly appreciate their partnership.”
In July, Carney signed Senate Bill 48, which expanded community access to naloxone by ensuring pharmacists had the same legal protections as doctors, peace officers and good samaritans. Pharmacists can dispense the medicine responsibly without potential legal, criminal or disciplinary actions due to injuries or death sustained in connection with dispensing the drug. Naloxone will be available at the pharmacy counter in participating pharmacies to anyone who is educated on its appropriate use and signs an acknowledgement form. DPH is hoping that this measure, in combination with a revised standing order allowing pharmacists to dispense naloxone nasal spray, will increase access for those concerned about someone at risk of an overdose.
For more, visit helpisherede.com/get-help/overdose-response.