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Pharmacies in NY to provide naloxone at low to no cost

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a drug maker has agreed to extend a price cut for a heroin overdose antidote bought by hundreds of government agencies around the state. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - Starting Wednesday, a new program will allow people in New York to get naloxone at pharmacies at little to no cost using prescription health insurance.

The program works with people who have insurance coverage, including Medicaid and Medicare, to help with up to $40 in co-payment assistance to obtain naloxone.

Naloxone is a medicine used to reverse opioid overdoses. Its use has dramatically increased over the last five years due to the rising opioid abuse epidemic across the U.S. Until January 2016, naloxone could only be obtained using a prescription or through a registered opioid overdose prevention program.

The program is funded by New York State's Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.

For those without insurance or prescription insurance coverage, there are a network of registered opioid overdose prevention programs.

A list of the programs and pharmacies taking part in the program can be found here.

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