Walgreens to stock opioid overdose-reversing drug

ABC News' Dr. Jennifer Ashton reports on the announcement from Walgreens that the chain will stock the drug Narcan in all of its 8,000 stores.
1:27 | 10/25/17

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Big development in the fight against GOP only crisis Walgreen the second largest pharmacy chain in the US. Is now stocking up with the antidote and arcana and all of the eight albums stored our chief medical correspondent doctor Jennifer Ashton is here to answer a few question and adopting 45 state the lifesaving drug. It available without a prescription right now are there any danger in that. It's risk benefit on this drug Michael this is an incredibly safe and effective medication we've been using in the hospital for decades usually with a needle intravenous earn a muscle this is nasal form. It works as an immediate antidote to counteract largely the respiratory depression which is what kills people from accident all we'll be right overdoses. And when you talk about risk benefit I think the risk here. Is that people could say will this give other people a false sense of security and have been used old feeling it's more if they know that they can use this immediate antidote. The benefits this drug saves lives so think of this may be as. Defibrillator at the pan another piece of life saving medical equipment that. Probably is going to be pretty widespread now. And in a statement Walgreen said that love want to have a market markets break on hand we have just in case right now what does this say about the open records law it says we're in critical and unstable condition when he when you're talking about the open crisis in this country and we have to tackle this at the prescribe or level at this dispensing level. And that the user level and that's witnesses I don't think you you can information wow. Wow is right.

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