Logan CrawfordNov 27, 2017, 9:12 pmNov 28, 2017, 11:45 am

Gov. Cuomo urges New Yorkers to carry Narcan

The opioid overdose reversal medication Naloxone is now available over the counter at many drug stores


MILLER PLACE – Governor Andrew Cuomo's is asking New Yorkers to pick up a life-saving drug so that more can prevent overdoses.

The anti-overdose medication sometimes referred to by the brand name Narcan has saved thousands of lives in New York State in the past few years.

In New York State, the Good Samaritan Law protects you if you or someone you know is overdosing.

The drug is now available over the counter at participating pharmacies, including Echo Pharmacy in Miller Place which became certified to dispense Narcan a few weeks ago.

"Doesn't require a prescription, which means anybody can come in if they have a family member or someone they know that may be in need of it," Echo Pharmacy owner Bryan McCutcheon said.

McCutcheon says several people have already come into to his pharmacy to pick up Naloxone.

Officials from local agencies on Long Island say the push for the public to carry Naloxone is a step in the right direction.

The CEO of Family and Children's in Mineola says he would like to see Naloxone be prescribed along with every opioid prescription.

State officials say if you're uninsured you can get Naloxone for free through registered opioid overdose prevention programs.

Beth Mango who works at Echo Pharmacy is trained in how to use the medication naloxone and carries the drug in case of an emergency. She says she knows people who have passed away from a drug overdose.

Pharmacy employees like Mango train people on how to use naloxone.

"The neighborhoods around us are being affected so greatly with so much abuse. I wanted to be able to help if need be. I hope never have to use it, but unfortunately, it's just escalating," Mango said.

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