Gov. Hochul highlighted the availability of naloxone, known widely by the commercial brand name Narcan, at New York State pharmacies.
Narcan can reverse the effects of a drug overdose from heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids. Major pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid are expected to begin carrying the medication both online and in stores beginning this month. The drug has been available for usage by non-medical personnel to prevent overdoses in New York State since 2006, and has been easier to obtain in New York State since August 2022 due to a statewide pharmacy standing order.
While it is likely that not all naloxone administrations are reported, over 35,000 naloxone administrations have been reported to the State Department of Health at this time.