Today, the US Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, recommended that anybody using an opioid-based painkiller — for a medical condition or recreationally — have naloxone on hand, and that their friends and family should have it as well. The American College of Apothecaries applauds the position of the Surgeon General and echo the use of naloxone to help save lives. The Chairman of the Board of ACA, Dr. Ryan Oftebro, was one of the original pharmacist pioneers to champion the ability of the pharmacist to dispense naloxone without a prescription. “This lifesaving drug can reverse the overdose effects of opioids and save lives,” said Donnie Calhoun, CEO and Executive Vice President of ACA, “and we encourage pharmacies to carry and follow their state law to dispense it. We also encourage pharmacists to properly train the user on how to administer the drug so that the full benefit can be used to save lives.”
Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose
BE PREPARED. GET NALOXONE. SAVE A LIFE.