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NARCAN requests on the rise in La Crosse

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The amount of requests for over-the-counter NARCAN has increased fourfold over the last year in La Crosse. Pharmacists are also seeing prescriptions for the overdose reversal drug increase exponentially.

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The amount of requests for over-the-counter NARCAN has increased fourfold over the last year in La Crosse. Pharmacists are also seeing prescriptions for the overdose reversal drug increase exponentially.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12493/7384685?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Tue, 10 Jul 2018 22:59:20 +0000 NARCAN requests on the rise in La Crosse The amount of requests for over-the-counter NARCAN has increased fourfold over the last year in La Crosse. Pharmacists are also seeing prescriptions for the overdose reversal drug increase exponentially. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12493/7384685?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WKBT night off. the amount of requests for over-the- counter narcan has increased four-fold over the last year in la crosse. pharmacists are also seeing prescriptions for the overdose reversal drug increase exponentially. news 8's mal meyer joins us in the studio to explain what the numbers mean as the opioid epidemic continues. gundersen health system reviews the data from its pharmacy year after year. health care providers say the numbers show a positive sign for the ongoing opioid epidemic- that more people are aware of the potential dangers of these drugs. pharmacists at gundersen health system used to sell narcan over the counter about four or five times throughout out the entire year. but new numbers show several doses are now being sold each month. "which is promising from the stand point that people are more accepting of having narcan around- they realize you can overdose on these medications." dr. eberlien says the reason why there are only a few over the counter purchases may be related to costs. "at 80 dollars a dose, people pause on a medication like that. when you can get it covered by your insurance, and just have to pay a copay." prescriptions for narcan are also on the rise. pharmacist jim bomkamp says the increase in both prescriptions and over the counter doses may be because of awareness. "i think in general, society, caregivers family members, people of that nature are more aware of the opioid epidemic because it is growing." the medical system has an initiative to increase conversations about opioids. these numbers may be a sign those conversation are making a difference. "our providers are doing a better job educating the patients who may be candidates for narcan and their family members." and more people are starting to realize you can inadvertently overdose on opioids even when prescribed by a doctor. "so it's not just the heroin addicts we're trying to protect with this medication. we're looking to try to protect everyone that has a narcotic prescription." dr. eberlein says other groups in the community are also seeing a rise in the amount of narcan doses being distributed. he cited the aids resource center... which provides narcan free of cost. mike? thanks, mal. according to the lcoal heroin and illicit drug task force... there were seventeen opioid-related overdose deaths last year in





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