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Rite Aid makes naloxone available without Rx in 13 states


CAMP HILL, Pa. - Rite Aid announced Mondy that naloxone, a medication that can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is now available at their pharmacies in 13 states without a prescription, subject to state regulations.

“As a community healthcare provider, we have a responsibility to do our part in the fight against opioid abuse and that’s why Rite Aid has made it a priority to expand access to this life-saving medication in the communities we serve,” stated Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid EVP pharmacy. “By making naloxone available without a prescription at our pharmacies, we are doing our part to help save lives and address the issue of opioid abuse in our country.”

Naloxone is now available for purchase without patient specific prescriptions at Rite Aid pharmacies in 13 states including: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Previously, naloxone, which can be administered by injection or nasal spray, was only available with a physician’s prescription.

Rite Aid is committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities it serves. To date, the company has trained more than 10,000 pharmacists on naloxone dispensing. Rite Aid is also working to expand its naloxone dispensing program in other states served by the company where naloxone is currently only available with a prescription.


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