The holidays are hectic and stressful for everyone, but for people coping with the loss of a loved one, the strain of the holiday season—a time when family togetherness and traditions are the focus—can seem almost unbearable. Their emotional anguish can be particularly poignant if the loss actually occurred during or close to the holiday season.
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has announced that with the recent addition of Giant Eagle and Rite Aid stores, there are now more than 1,300 pharmacies in 84 counties offering naloxone without a prescription. Naloxone (Narcan®) is a safe medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and can restore breathing in a matter of minutes.