Narcan, a life-saving drug used in the event of an opioid overdose, can be prescribed by pharmacists. Granby Pharmacy is now prescribing and dispensing Narcan to patrons seeking the drug. Narcan, also known as naloxone, is used in the event of a suspected opioid overdose. Opioids include prescription pain medications and heroin.
“This is a great opportunity for pharmacists, the most accessible healthcare professional, to get this lifesaving drug into the hands of people who need it. If I am able to prevent one unnecessary death in our community I will be grateful,” said Jean Keating, PharmD.
In Connecticut, pharmacists are able to prescribe and dispense Narcan after completing training and being issued a certificate. Pharmacists dispensing Narcan are required to educate the patient or caregiver receiving the medication on how to administer the drug in the event of a suspected overdose and may also provide information about addiction treatment and recovery resources. Narcan is covered by most insurance plans as well as Connecticut Medicaid.
Having Narcan on-hand to administer to somebody in the event of a suspected opioid overdose can be life-saving. In the event of a suspected overdose when Narcan is used, medical treatment should be sought and 911 should be called.
Treatment works and recovery is possible. In March, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services launched a statewide toll-free number connecting residents seeking treatment and services for opioid addiction to local walk-in assessment centers. People interested in seeking opioid addiction treatment and services for themselves or a loved one can call 1-800-563-4086.
For more information about obtaining Narcan at Granby Pharmacy, contact Jean Keating, PharmD at 860-653-2517.