LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Naloxone, the emergency medication used to help reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, will be available without a prescription at several Kentucky Kroger stores.

"The Kroger Co., Louisville Division, announced today that opioid overdose reversal medicine naloxone is now available without a prescription at its 80 pharmacies in Kentucky," a news release states. "Naloxone is also available without a prescription in the 16 Kentucky pharmacies operated by Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton division -- for a total of 96 Kroger pharmacies across Kentucky."

"Unfortunately, Kentucky ranks in the top five states with the highest overdose death rate according to the Centers for Disease Control," said Calvin Kaufman, President of Kroger's Louisville Division, according to the news release. "We want families dealing with addiction and families of patients on high doses of prescription opiates to have convenient access to naloxone and have the medication on-hand in the event that they need it."

Kroger worked with Bellevue Primary Care's Dr. Jeremy Engel and Trish Freeman, President of Kentucky Pharmacists Association, to make the availability possible, according to the release.

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