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As opioid crisis worsens, a drug used to reverse overdoses can be difficult to access

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

by Washington Post

A drug used to reverse opioid overdoses has been hailed for saving thousands of lives nationwide, but some municipalities are having trouble accessing it.

There has been a widespread push to distribute the drug, naloxone, to first responders and civilians in places that have been affected by the opioid crisis. Walgreens stocks the drug in pharmacies nationwide and can dispense it over the counter in 46 states.

But in some places, the strain on municipal budgets and a need for an increasing amount of naloxone has made it difficult to keep enough in stock.