Pharmacies across Michigan will be giving away free naloxone kits on Saturday in an effort to stem the tide of overdose deaths resulting from the ongoing opioid crisis. More than 50,000 of the emergency overdose-reversing drug kits, sold under the brand name Narcan, will be distributed free of charge through hundreds of pharmacies, according to media reports.
A list of pharmacies participating in the naloxone giveaway is available online. More than 3,000 additional naloxone kits will be available at the Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk and Rally, to be held in Belle Island, Michigan on Saturday morning. Additional information about the event is available online.
The naloxone kits, which contain two doses of the drug in nasal spray applicators, are available to anyone who requests them. The kits may be picked up anonymously without a prescription, which is not required for naloxone in Michigan.
The naloxone kits being given away on Saturday were purchased by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with grant money received from the federal government.
Naloxone Saves Lives
The administration of naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose. Health experts in Michigan believe that increased availability of the emergency drug in the state is at least