Pharmacists in New Mexico have become the first in the United States certified to prescribe a lifesaving anti-overdose drug directly to patients.
The first 60 pharmacists have been trained by the New Mexico Pharmacists Association and Project ECHO on the use of naloxone, which has the brand name Narcan. The medicine is administered by attaching a nasal-tip inhaler to a small vial, which is used to spray a mist into the nose membrane. The drug flows directly to the brain, blocking opioids and restoring breathing.
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