Infograph courtesy of Heroin DuPage
People in 14 states can now walk into a CVS and pick up an opioid-overdose antidote without a prescription, the company announced yesterday. Naloxone was already available in stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, but now Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin join that list, CNNMoney reports.
Opioids such as heroin and prescription meds such as oxycodone are habit-forming and often abused, the site notes, and have led to four times the number of unintentional ODs on prescription meds since 1999, per the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
From today’s Lombardian.
“We are facing a heroin epidemic in this state. Heroin is no longer considered an inner city problem, but instead has infiltrated our DuPage community. Heroin is destroying our families. Throughout the past couple of years, DuPage County has experienced a steady rise in the amount of fatal heroin overdoses. In 2013, 46 people died in DuPage County. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 64.
Recognizing the seriousness of heroin use in our community, DuPage Coalition Against Heroin was formed to raise awareness and educate the public about this growing problem. We firmly believe that prevention through education is the key to saving our children and our community.
Founding members of the DuPage Coalition Against Heroin include the DuPage County Board, County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, Coroner Rich Jorgensen, Regional Superintendent Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, Sheriff John Zaruba, Public Defender Jeff York, DuPage County Health Department, DuPage County Chiefs of Police Association, DuPage Mayors and Managers and DuPage Drug Court.
If even one person becomes more informed, finds treatment or decides not to use heroin through using these resources, our mission will be a success. Please join us in this effort to become a hero by educating family and friends about this critical information.”
Read more at: DuPage Coalition Against Heroin