Miami-Dade County

First responders have this opioid overdose remedy. Now, so does Walgreens.

The dominant pharmacy in Florida, where Gov. Rick Scott declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, now carries the overdose remedy Narcan at each pharmacy.

Walgreens announced Tuesday that all their pharmacies nationwide carry Narcan, one of the name brands for naloxone. The same day, Broward Sheriff’s Office announced it received 1,200 units in the nasal spray form from the Florida Sheriff’s Association.

President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency Thursday.

“By stocking Narcan in all our pharmacies, we are making it easier for families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it is needed,” said Rick Gates, Walgreens group vice president of pharmacy. “As a pharmacy we are committed to making Narcan more accessible in the communities we serve.”

A Walgreens spokesman explained the Narcan will remain behind the pharmacy counter but doesn’t require a prescription. Before a pharmacist will let a customer have the Narcan, he or she will give an on-the-spot tutorial on how to give it and to call 911. Walgreens says anyone who gets Narcan should immediately go for medical attention.

There are over 820 Walgreens stores in Florida, more than 8,000 around the nation.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

Miami-Dade State Attorney investigators will begin carrying Narcan, the life-saving drug that has saved countless addicts who have overdosed on heroin and fentanyl. Prosecutors hope that this will lead police departments to start carrying the medi