CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- A new state law will require any chain pharmacy with twenty or more locations to register with the Department of Health as an opioid overdose prevention program and have Naloxone on hand.
Naloxone, sold under the brandname Narcan among others, is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in heroin overdose.
"Having been at the forefront of fighting this crisis, I am proud to have championed proposals to address one of our state’s most pressing concerns - the heroin epidemic," said State Sen. David Carclucci (D-38th District) of the new law. "This legislative package will enhance services for those who need help most, and with my legislation, will put New York State on the map as the first state in the nation to require over-the-counter Naloxone by law. When it comes to the families that are affected by this devastating problem, working to provide solutions must be our top priority, and I want to thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership."
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