Naloxone is part of the opioid antagonist drug group acting as a competing opioid receptor blocker. Through this mechanism, it wholly or partially blocks the action of opioids. Naloxone has a pharmacological action that lasts approx. Two hours shorter than most opioids, from which it is necessary to repeat the injection of the drug.
Naloxone is not a drug, and now it can be dispensed in pharmacies without a prescription. A considerable impact has the Ohio state. The increase of Naloxone is almost 18% since 2015. This number is comparative with high employment counties.
The study allowed pharmacists to have more opportunities to participate in meetings with patients addicted to opioids.
Naloxone is also known as “Narcan,” and it’s used to stop the effects of opioids overdose, especially morphine and heroin. Some states allow pharmacists to dispense the drug without any prescription, but the user has to be guided. In Ohio, 75% of the pharmacies are administering Naloxone without any prescription. If you ask me, I think that this is another backstage game and that the Pharmaceutical Industry will get a big profit over Naloxone sales.
The Naloxone Opioid Consumption Is On The Rise In The USA
According to the Ohio state ruling, the law allows pharmacists and pharmacy interns to dispense Naloxone using a specific physician-approved protocol to:
- An individual who there is reason to believe is experiencing or at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose;
- A family member, friend or another person in a position to assist an individual who there is reason to believe is at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose;
- A peace officer as defined in section 2921.51 of the Revised Code;
Pam Heaton, a professor of pharmacy practice at UC’s Winkle College, says: “We do not know whether the naloxone was for personal use, a family member or a friend because the law was written to allow access specifically”.
According to Neha Gangal, the first who started this study, Naloxone helped people who were addicted, and death reduction was about 14% higher than the 2015 – 2017 period when there were registered no less than 70.200 deaths in the United States. Ohio was the second state on that list.