ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Today starts a big move in the fight against Opioid addiction. Now the public can get Narcan from local pharmacies for emergency overdose situations.
This Narcan bill was passed in June when the governor signed it, but it takes full effect Sunday, August 28 in Missouri.
So far this year, at least 38 people have died in St. Louis County because of heroin-related overdose. And the numbers were similar last year. That`s why local support for Housebill 1568 was so strong.
The bill allows any pharmacist to sell Narcan for the public to use as an antidote for an Opiod or Heroin overdose. It also gives the person immunity from criminal charges while acting in good faith to help revive and reverse the effects of an overdose. One note is that you must also call 9-1-1 if you use the antidote. Since March 1 of this year, every St. Louis County Police car has been equipped with the drug. And we`re told that so far, 17 people have been saved with the antidote. As of now, Missouri still does not have a drug monitoring program; lawmakers are still working that out.