There are new changes to the way that Narcan, an opioid overdose rescue drug, is being distributed across New York State. Those changes will affect who can get their hands on the drug for free from a local organization.
ACR Health can now only give out Narcan kits to first responders, high-risk individuals and their families. Previously the kits were distributed to members of the public who are trained in the use of Narcan.
Through the N-CAP program, ACR Health will still provide information on how to obtain the drug from a pharmacy, and the program will also help with insurance co-pays.
“Anyone can walk in without a patient-specific prescription and ask for Narcan, receive a little briefing and then they'll get their Narcan, and the N-CAP program will pick up the co-pay up to $40," said Julia Lavere, director of the Syringe Exchange Programs for ACR Health.
The goal is to get Narcan in the hands of those most likely to encounter an overdose, and prevent the number of kits that expire without being used.