Maine to review over-the-counter Narcan sales
Maine pharmacy officials will finalize plans to make the opioid overdose medicine known as Narcan available over the counter.
Voters approved the measure last year but the Maine Board of Pharmacy told lawmakers that the move needed further review, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald.
Narcan, a brand name of the drug naloxone, can be administered to a person to combat the affects of an opioid overdose.
Naloxone is available in New Hampshire through various sources.
The board needs to sign off on the law before it can be put into affect. Currently in Maine, doctors can prescribe Narcan. Substance abuse professionals say making it available through pharmacies can make a big impact on stemming overdoses, according to the newspaper report.