State officials announced the creation of a new interactive online map that shows people where they can locate pharmacies that prescribe the anti-overdose medication known as Narcan.
Gov. Dannel Malloy, along with the state Department of Consumer Protection, announced the feature, which is a map, on Wednesday.
Check it out here.
It's part of Malloy's "open data initiative."
“Opioid addiction is a devastating illness impacting families across the nation," Malloy said. "Providing access to this medication will not only save lives, but it will also help people begin a road to recovery."
Malloy called the map an important step to help save lives.
"I want to applaud the work of the pharmacies who have taken steps to ensure that those who need access to this medication have it readily available," he said.
Malloy said in 2015, he enacted legislation to make Narcan, also known as naloxone, available through a pharmacist prescription. Also through the legislation, pharmacists became certified to provide vital information to patients about how to access drug addiction services, administer the medication and understand the side effects associated with naloxone.
To date, there are 363 pharmacies in the state that prescribe the medication.
Anyone looking to obtain some is encouraged to call a pharmacy ahead of time to make sure there are appropriate staff and supplies available.
Pharmacists with questions about the prescribing of naloxone can call the DCP at 860-713-6100 or 1-800-842-2649.
Patients suffering from addiction or loved ones looking for support should call the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services at 1-800-563-4086.
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