Substance abuse expert says HyVee move on naloxone should help

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Hy-Vee pharmacies are now offering over-the-counter the drug that can be used to  reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. A state order allows Iowa pharmacies to go through training to be able to sell naloxone without a prescription. The  director of prevention services at the Area Substance Abuse Council in Cedar Rapids, Erin Foster, says Hy-Vee’s decision is a good start to making sure naloxone is available to those who need it.

Foster says the pharmacies appear to be slow in moving on this.

She says two doses of naloxone can cost between 140 and 280-dollars. She says people still need to seek immediate medical treatment after using the drug.

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