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Narcan to Be Sold at Pharmacies Without Prescription in Vermont

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, will be available without a prescription starting Sept. 1



    Narcan is New Norm for Police

    Police officers in Salem, Massachusetts and in a growing amount of departments across the country are now carrying a new weapon. (Published Monday, Aug. 15, 2016)

    Following a spate of recent heroin overdoses in Vermont, Gov. Peter Shumlin says any Vermont pharmacy may now dispense a drug to treat opioid overdoses without a prescription.

    The state Department of Health has issued a standing order for naloxone known by the brand name Narcan for all of Vermont.

    Shumlin said Thursday that he's pleased that Walgreens will offer naloxone without a prescription starting Sept. 1.

    Investigators in Barre believe a dangerous batch of heroin, probably laced with fentanyl, caused nine overdoses, including one fatality, on a recent weekend.

    Maine Lawmakers Override LePage's Narcan Veto

    [NECN] Maine Lawmakers Override Gov. Paul LePage's Narcan Veto
    Narcan, the life-saving drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, will now be available in Maine without a prescription after the state's House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to shoot down Gov. Paul LePage's veto.
    (Published Friday, April 29, 2016)

    Reports to the Health Department show that naloxone has been used at least 241 times this year as of June 30. During the same time, the Health Department has confirmed 44 deaths from heroin, fentanyl, prescription painkillers or a combination.

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