Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday letting pharmacies provide naloxone, a medicine that reverses heroin and other opioid overdose, without a prescription from a physician.
The new law lets pharmacists dispense the emergency opioid antagonist similar to how they provide the flu shot or epi-pens to individuals with allergies.
The new law not only shows the extent of the opioid-addiction emergency. It’s also another sign of the increasing role of non-physician clinicians.