Raleigh, NC, July 01, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), has announced that beginning July 5, the pharmacies at its 14 stores in North Carolina will begin dispensing naloxone, a drug that helps reverse the effects of drug overdose related to prescription opioids and heroin.
In an effort to combat the rising epidemic of deaths resulting from drug overdoses in the state, last week Dr. Randall Williams, State Health Director of North Carolina, released a standing order authorizing North Carolina pharmacists to dispense naloxone to people at risk of experiencing an opiate-related overdose, as well as family members and friends who may be in a position to help someone at risk.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that can reverse the effects of exogenously administered opioids, including heroin, methadone and morphine; it does not reverse the effects of other recreational drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines. Naloxone will be available as a nasal spray and an injection.
“Our pharmacists are trained and ready to dispense this potentially life-saving drug,” said Ouita Gatton, Kroger Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator for North Carolina. “We’ll educate our patients on the signs and symptoms of an overdose, how to administer the medicine, and, most importantly, ensure that they know to seek immediate medical attention after naloxone use.”
Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer, has 14 stores throughout the Triangle, including Apex (1), Cary (1), Garner (1), Fuquay-Varina (1), Raleigh (4) and Durham (6). Headquartered in Cincinnati, the company employs nearly 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,625 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 782 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,330 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club. For more information, please visit http://www.kroger.com.