CVS is preparing to bring its heroin overdose antidote Narcan to more states in the coming months, starting with expansion into Ohio in March.
The nationwide pharmacy says it will expand the antidote to 20 states over the next year. It currently stocks Narcan at CVS locations in 15 states.
The expansion is the newest indication that heroin and other opioid drugs have expanded and gone mainstream in America.
Narcan, also known by its generic name naloxone, is a nasal spray used to reverse the effects of opioids in the event of overdose.
Methadone and widely used and highly addictive prescription painkillers like oxycodone, codeine, fentanyl and morphine, are all part of the drugs focus.
While Narcan is not a prescription drug, it is held behind the counter. A two-dose package of the drug antidote costs between $40 and $50.
The drug is also being sold at Walgreens and Duane Reade. Walgreens said that as of February 1, Narcan could be bought in its pharmacies without a prescription.
The White House called the opioid addiction problem an “epidemic” during a press conference on Tuesday. President Obama proposed $1.1 billion in new funding to cut down on addiction to heroin and prescription drugs.
The White House claims 28,648 deaths were caused in 2014 because of opioid addiction.