The Philadelphia Department of Health says 75 percent of Philadelphia’s estimated 400 pharmacies already carry Narcan. Only 100 don’t.
CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens all carry it, I’m told by Health Department spokesperson Jim Garrow, and they are everywhere.
What’s more, since June 2017, the Health Department has handed out 57,000 doses, free of charge.
That’s free to the user. The city pays $75 for a two-dose kit and distributes it to first responders, says Garrow, “and community organizations that have regular contact with the population that needs this medication.” So Henon’s bill isn’t necessary, because anyone who wants Narcan can easily get it.
By Stu Bykofski