MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services purchased 55,008 Naloxone kits to be handed out Saturday, September 14 at pharmacies throughout Michigan.
The free Naloxone kits are available to anyone who needs the life-saving drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Residents can pick up a kit at one of over 1,000 participating pharmacies, at no cost, with no need for a prescription, insurance, or identification. Find a pharmacy near you by clicking here.
We stopped by Campus Pharmacy in Marquette. They were given just twelve kits to hand out on Saturday. They believe some locations in the U.P. may have as many as 36 available. We talked with Pharmacist Maigen Orr, who says this event is a a way to help combat and prevent overdoses in Marquette County.
Orr says, “Any person can come in anonymously to the pharmacies that are participating and pick up a free naloxone kit. You don’t need a prescription or you don’t need insurance, you don’t need to provide us with your name; you just come in and we’ll give you the kit.”
NALAXONE is typically only available through a doctor’s prescription or used by emergency personnel. This weekend, it is available to anyone.
Orr says anyone can come and get a kit, even if it’s not for yourself.
You can learn more about Michigan’s efforts to fight opioid abuse by clicking here.