Roundy’s Supermarkets make naloxone available to reverse opioid overdoses

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MILWAUKEE — Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. announced on Monday, October 3rd that its 70 Pick ’n Save, Copps and Metro Market pharmacies are now making the medicine naloxone (also known as narcan) available without prescription to reverse opioid overdoses.

Roundy’s is one of the first chain pharmacies in Wisconsin to offer this life-saving opioid antidote.

Pick ’n Save, Copps and Metro Market received permission to begin dispensing the medicine after signing off on the State of Wisconsin’s Naloxone Protocol, which became available to Wisconsin pharmacies on August 26th. In addition to internal training, all of the Pick ’n Save, Copps and Metro Market Wisconsin pharmacists completed a required training course on standardized procedures for dispensing and training patients on the safe use of naloxone.

Kyle Beyer, PharmD., BCACP, Manager of Clinical Care at Roundy’s issued this statement in a news release:

“At Pick ’n Save, Copps and Metro Market, we want those dealing with addiction and their families, as well as families of patients on high doses of prescription opioids to have convenient access to naloxone.”

A news release indicates Pick ’n Save, Copps and Metro Market pharmacists may provide the opioid reversal medicine to those who might benefit from it the most. These individuals include those at risk of overdose as well as a family member or friend who can help an individual at risk of overdose. Each naloxone kit contains a two-dose nasal spray with education materials.

Beyer said those needing the medication can go to a Pick ’n Save, Copps and/or Metro Market pharmacy to ask for it; they do not need an appointment. Pick ’n Save, Copps and Metro Market pharmacists will provide screening and training before a customer gets a naloxone kit.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) drug overdose deaths totaled 853 in Wisconsin in 2014. After experiencing a rise in overdose deaths, Wisconsin passed a law a year ago that expanded access to naloxone. Naloxone has become a tool in reversing overdoses caused by heroin and opiate medications.

7 comments

  • confused

    But yet you need id, and have to sign 3 times to get decent allergy or cold meds and only 7 to 12 days worth is allowed. rofl GREAT country.

    • Always Outspoken

      Apparently you truly ARE confused.

      The active ingredient in “decent” allergy meds (pseudoephedrine) is also used as an ingredient for making crystal meth – which is why its sale is so tightly regulated. Narcan, on the other hand, is used SOLELY to neutralize the effect of narcotics to prevent an overdose. There’s absolutely no comparison between the two, and your rant has no relevance to the topic of this story.

      Kudos to Roundy’s for doing their part to help curb the recent rash of overdoses.

      • confused

        Always, I know what its for my rant is justified as its the addicts, criminals and abusers that are making it EVERYONES problem. Also rather funny that if YOU are having a heart attack most (depends on what they are rated) ambulance/rescue cannot administer an aspirin to you, but hey if you od all’s well THAT they can help you with. Sick and tired of the catering for the underworld. So no, not confused and do NOT call people names.

      • Always Outspoken

        Confused – I don’t understand why you have an issue with this drug being made available. It will save lives – period. No one HAS to buy it, nor will it cost you anything if you don’t. It’s just being made available to the public.

        Apparently you just want to personally decide whose life is worthy of being saved – and you don’t deem those who have a drug problem to meet your standards. How sanctimonious of you.

        And BTW, YOU picked your moniker, not me. I just pointed out that you chose well.

    • confused

      Exactly. Cater to the criminals. You cannot get decent cold/allergy meds without jumping through hoops & they took the alcohol out of night time ones because of the user abusers. But by all means, make sure you can save the foolish people who decide to use abuse and od.

  • pezkb

    Who decides the priority here? An affordable drug to save a drug abuser life, before an EPI pen to save a life from an allergy?!?!? And I agree on getting rid of the restrictions on buying allergy/cold meds too! The people that have legitimate health issues are passed over for drug abuser assistance???

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