International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st)

Sometimes the hardest conversations are the ones that are most needed. While we are all reeling from the ongoing pandemic, many of us may have forgotten that we are also in the middle of an epidemic – Overdoses. It’s an unfortunate statistic but many of us know at least someone who has overdosed. In 2019 alone, 70,630 people died as a result on an opioid overdose. That’s 193 people per day or 8 people per minute in the United States who died in 2019 as a result of an opioid overdose.

Here at Moose Pharmacy, we are committed to trying our best to get that number down to zero and here’s how you can help us achieve that: Narcan. Narcan is available without a prescription and is covered by most insurances with varying copays!

In the state of North Carolina, any individual can obtain Narcan (Naloxone) through a pharmacy if that person meets one of the following criteria: 

  • Being at risk of opiate-related overdose due to medical conditions or history
  • Being the friend or family of someone at risk of opiate-related overdose, thus being able to respond in case of overdose
  • Being in the position to assist another person at risk of opiate-related overdose.

Some of the signs to look out for if you suspect someone might be having an overdose include:

  • Unusual sleepiness, drowsiness, or difficulty staying awake despite loud verbal stimulus or a vigorous sternal rub
  • Mental confusion, slurred speech, intoxicated behavior
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Extremely small "pinpoint" pupils, although normal size pupils do not exclude opioid overdose
  • Slow heartbeat, low blood pressure

Talking about overdoses can be hard and uncomfortable but can potentially save someone’s life. If you or someone you know may benefit from having a Narcan kit, call us today! Having Narcan handy is a lot like having a fire extinguisher – you hope you never have to use it, but you have it in case of emergency. For more information visit or call us today!