TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A store found across Greater Lafayette and the country is now stocking Narcan in an effort to combat drug abuse.
All Walgreens will now supply the FDA approved the nasal form of Narcan behind the pharmacy counter. Which means anyone can walk into a Walgreens, without a prescription, and receive the medication.
Indiana saw a more than 300 percent increase in the number of overdose deaths from heroin between 2010 and 2015.
If someone did overdose on prescription painkillers or heroin, Narcan is used to reverse the effects.
Another place that distributes Narcan is the Surf Center in Lafayette. Staff at the center provide help to those recovering from drug abuse.
The center's Board President shared his thoughts on Walgreens now distributing the medication and said, "The more people that have it I feel is, is a benefit. They have it on them, they run across somebody that's overdosed, they can possibly save a life."
Walgreens says the Hoosier state is one of the first to offer the medication without a prescription. When it is sold, a pharmacist goes over how to use it. And if Narcan has to be used, they tell the customer to also call 911. They say the drug does not replace the need for medical attention.