Avera and Hy-Vee Offer OTC Naloxone
Feb 22, 2017 07:15PM ● Published by MED Magazine
In 2015, more than 40 people in South Dakota died due to accidental overdose. Naloxone can be administered to any person who has overdosed on a wide range of opioids, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine, as well as heroin.
While naloxone is known to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, the medication has no effect if opioids are absent. Pharmacists in South Dakota now can dispense naloxone without a prescription through a physician-signed protocol.
Naloxone will be available as nasal spray or by injection at all Avera pharmacies in Sioux Falls and at all Hy-Vee pharmacies in South Dakota, which includes locations in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Vermillion, Watertown and Yankton.
“We know the availability of this medication has the very real potential to save lives for those at risk,” says Matthew Stanley, DO, Vice President for Avera’s Behavioral Health Clinical Service Line.
In addition to the partnership with Hy-Vee, Avera has implemented several key initiatives to prevent opioid abuse including promoting recommended protocols for responsible prescribing, provider education, and a controlled-substances agreement for physicians and patients to sign that stays in the patient’s EMR.