Make Naloxone More Accessible to At-Risk Americans, Experts Say

Allow OTC sale, reimburse pharmacists, and support harm-reduction groups, they urged

Strategies to expand access to naloxone (Narcan) for the prevention of opioid overdoses were explored during a webinar hosted by the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA on Tuesday.

Over 100,000 people died from drug overdoses over a 12-month period ending in April 2021, according to CDC's provisional data.

Stigma, regulatory barriers, and lack of education prevent people with substance use disorders, as well as their close friends and family members, from accessing the drug, experts said.