LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Monday, the Kroger Co. announced that naloxone, used in reversing opioid overdoses, will be available without a prescription at its 81 pharmacies in Kentucky.
Naloxone is also available without a prescription in the 16 Kentucky pharmacies operated by Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division – for a total of 96 Kroger pharmacies across Kentucky.
“Unfortunately, Kentucky ranks in the top five states with the highest overdose death rate according to the Centers for Disease Control. Kroger wants to help reverse this terrible statistic,” says Calvin Kaufman, President of Kroger’s Louisville Division. “We want families dealing with addiction and families of patients on high doses of prescription opiates to have convenient access to naloxone and have the medication on hand in the event that they need it.”
Kroger worked with Bellevue Primary Care’s Dr. Jeremy Engel in developing a protocol and processes for dispensing naloxone without a prescription in Kentucky. “It is wonderful having so many Kroger pharmacists working together to protect their patients and families. Lives will be saved,” says Dr. Engel.
“Every life lost to a drug overdose is a tragedy, and life-saving naloxone is critical in our battle against this deadly scourge. Kentucky pharmacists have helped lead the fight after landmark legislation greatly improved access to naloxone. Now Kroger is stepping up with this tremendous effort to improve access even more and save the lives of those fighting addiction,” said Kentucky Justice Secretary, John Tilley.
“By providing convenient access to naloxone, Kroger pharmacists play an integral role in preparing and training Kentucky families for overdose situations,” Kroger’s Pharmacy Director, Rene Kendrick stated. “Our pharmacy teams are proud to add naloxone without a prescription to our pharmacy services and to provide for the healthcare needs of all Kentucky families.”