MASON CITY, Iowa – Seventeen states currently allow the opioid overdose antidote Naloxone to be bought over the counter, and soon Iowa will be number 18.
First responders currently carry Naloxone while on duty. If someone overdoses on an opioid, a shot of it can help restore their breathing. On Monday, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad announced pharmacies in the state will be allowed to carry it and you won’t need a prescription to buy it.
“This isn’t something you can pick up today; it’s something that is still coming. There’s training that has to be done for pharmacists. Quite honestly we’re still trying to determine the need in this area,” said Suzette Rolling, a manager with Mercy Family Pharmacies.
Minnesota made the antidote available over the counter last year.