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3 years on, most pharmacies in New York City not ready to sell naloxone sans prescription

April 18, 2018 Drug Rehab

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3 years on, most pharmacies in New York City not ready to sell naloxone sans prescription In a bid to combat the growing opioid crisis, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray had announced in 2015 that people would be able to gain access to naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug, at chemist shops sans a prescription. However, according to a recent survey by The New York Times, out of the 720 pharmacies authorized to provide naloxone, only one-third of them were ready to sell the drug without a medical prescription. The pharmacies instructed to always keep naloxone handy are situated only at certain locations of the city. The list of such locations…

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