Kroger to offer anti-overdose drug without prescription


CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio-based grocery chain Kroger Co. is going to make the heroin overdose-reversal drug naloxone available without a prescription in its pharmacies across Ohio and northern Kentucky.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, joined Kroger officials at a Cincinnati store for today’s announcement. Kroger says 200 pharmacies will offer naloxone over the counter within a week.

CVS said recently it would soon offer naloxone without a prescription at its Ohio pharmacies.

Ohio fire crews use naloxone thousands of times a year to revive opioid overdose victims. Ohio overdose deaths jumped 18 percent rise in 2014, one of the nation’s sharpest increases.

Cincinnati-based Kroger is the nation’s largest traditional grocer and has 2,774 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

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