Texas is in the grips of a public health crisis. The Centers for Disease Control reported 2,588 drug overdose deaths in 2015 and the data is still being collected for 2016. The team of heroin and prescription drug experts at Infinite Recovery’s been aware of this epidemic for some time now, and it appears other organizations are taking action to address this crisis. Kroger recently announced they would begin carrying the lifesaving opioid-reversal medication naloxone in 101 of their Texas pharmacies. Infinite Recovery looks at the potential impact as Kroger joins the fight against opioid addiction in Texas.
What is Naloxone?
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Naloxone is a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses and save lives. Examples of opioids are hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorophone, morphine, fentanyl, and heroin. The way Naloxone reverses the overdose is by binding to the same receptors in the brain as the opioids. There are three different formulations of Naloxone: an injectable version, an autoinjectable version by the brand name Evzio, and a nasal spray by the brand name Narcan. All three formulations are instantly effective.
Allies in Recovery
Over the past year, three major pharmacy chains have announced they will join the fight against opioid addiction in Texas. CVS announced in July that they will make Naloxone available without a prescription in every Texas location, making it accessible at nearly 800 “Lone Star State” pharmacies. Walgreens also carries the overdose-reversal drug at their 715 pharmacies in Texas. Kroger is the third ally in a calendar year to make Naloxone available at their Texas pharmacies.
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