Livesaving drug now available to the public

It's been saving lives around the US and now it's available in Colorado without a prescription. Starting today, Walgreens has made the drug Narcan available to anyone.

KUSA - Narcan, a drug that helps reverse an opioid-related overdose, can now be purchased at any Walgreens in Colorado, without a prescription.

It's not just for medics and doctors anymore; Narcan can now be given by anyone.

“The overdoses have been on the rise recently and its definitely to the point that it is a public health concern,” Lt. Steve Hulac said, a paramedic with Denver Health.

The state came up with a program that involves the public, but that doesn't mean you can play doctor.

“It’s important that you call 911 right away because if you give the Narcan, it sometimes doesn't last as long as the drug that was affecting the person to begin with,” Hulac said.

The program is not meant to exclude first responders, but be another alternative when time can be the difference between life and death.

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“In these situations, seconds and minutes count,” Hulac said.

Paramedics say after giving the drug, the person who overdosed may become confused, or even violent. Pharmacists can give instructions on how to use Narcan the correct way.

A pharmacist with Walgreens says Narcan is available with some insurance agencies but can also be purchased with cash.

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