[IN-DEPTH] Personal information requirement for drug could hamper opioid crisis effort

Naloxone, available in Arizona without a prescription as an injection or nasal spray, reverses opioid overdoses.  /Photo by Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times

By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times

Doug Ducey’s requirement that people give their personal information to a state database when they pick up a life-saving drug for opioid overdoses at a pharmacy may actually jeopardize lives, say those who help people with drug addiction recover.

The drug, naloxone, saved 28-year-old John Koch’s life three times.

“It’s saving lives left and right,” he said.

Naloxone reverses the effects of overdoses from opioids like heroin or prescription painkillers. It’s available as an injection and nasal spray and commonly referred to by its brand name, Narcan.


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