Rite Aid says naloxone available at its pharmacies in 19 states
Rite Aid Corporation announced that naloxone, a medication that can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is available at each of the more than 2,500 Rite Aid pharmacies in the United States and can be dispensed without a prescription, subject to state regulations. "The opioid epidemic has reached epic proportions and it is an issue that demands not only our attention but also our continued action to help reduce the rise in opioid deaths," said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. "For the past two years, we've worked with state and federal lawmakers to increase access to this life-saving medication. We support the Surgeon General's recent Advisory on the importance of naloxone and are committed to offering it to our customers in all of the communities we serve." Rite Aid pharmacists have been provided with additional training to dispense naloxone and to provide counseling to patients who purchase the medication. All Rite Aid pharmacies in the following states stock naloxone: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.