Walgreens adds Arizona to list of states where naloxone is available without a prescription

1/17/2017

DEERFIELD, Ill.  — Walgreens on Tuesday announced all of its Arizona pharmacies are now authorized to dispense naloxone without a prescription in accordance with state pharmacy regulations.



Naloxone is now more accessible and easier to obtain in more than 240 Walgreens pharmacies throughout Arizona.



“By making naloxone available without a prescription, we are making it easier for Arizona families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it’s needed,” stated Brian Sizemore, Walgreens regional healthcare director in Arizona. “As a pharmacy we are here to help people, and we are committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities we serve.”



In February, Walgreens announced plans to make naloxone available without a prescription in states and Washington D.C. where regulations allow. Since its announcement, naloxone has been made available without a prescription in more than 34 states and Washington D.C.



“We need all hands on deck to stop the unrelenting wave of opioid drug and heroin overdose deaths throughout Arizona and the rest of the country,” said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. “By signing HB 2355, it became possible for pharmacies like Walgreens to make naloxone available for loved ones and others who may be in a position to save the life of someone struggling with addiction.”

 


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