Advocates, recovering addicts say Narcan access with proper treatment could help curb opioid crisis


COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Access to a life-saving drug has expanded exponentially in recent years in Ohio. Some advocates think the increase in naloxone dispensing, both in pharmacies and through community initiatives, could eventually help curb the state’s opioid epidemic.

Naloxone, more commonly known by the brand name Narcan, can reverse opioid overdoses when administered quickly.

Findings from a new study by the University of Cincinnati show the life-saving drug has been dispensed more than 2,000 percent more often in Ohio since 2015.