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Naloxone: Does It Save Lives Or Enable Drug Users?

To save lives from overdoses, first responders and medical professionals use naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication.

It's now legal for pharmacists statewide to dispense naloxone without a prescription. It costs about $125 for one box, which has two doses.

Most insurance plans cover it.

However, there has been a lot of controversy lately around naloxone with some saying it could enable drug users.

The executive director of communications for Narcan, the prescription brand name for naloxone, says that's not the case.

Thom Duddy with Narcan Nasal Spray said, "It's unpleasant to be revived, and I'm confident these people aren't wanting to overdose, and it's not enabling their abuse."

There is a stigma around Narcan and naloxone, but Duddy said addiction is a disease, and the company is helping people fight the disease.

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