Vermont Pharmacies Can Now Sell Overdose Drug Without Requiring A Prescription

Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen signed an order this week that allows Vermont pharmacies to sell naloxone without a prescription. Officials say two-dose packs of Narcan, a brand-name version of the drug, sell for about $75. Photo by Taylor Dobbs for VPR

A drug that can counteract the effects of an opiate overdose can now be sold by any Vermont pharmacy without a prescription, state health officials announced Thursday.

Naloxone, often sold under the brand name Narcan, is already saving lives in Vermont.

Health Commissioner Harry Chen said Thursday that his department is distributing more and more naloxone all the time.

“The health department now gives out about 700 doses per month through our 12 distribution sites,” Chen said.

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