- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky has announced an initiative to train pharmacists on the use of a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

The UK College of Pharmacy announced the statewide naloxone initiative Thursday.

Pharmacists acting under a physician-approved protocol are allowed to fill naloxone orders without a physician’s prescription.

UK says a coalition of prominent pharmacists is offering the training during a statewide tour in October and November.

Trish Freeman, director of the UK College of Pharmacy’s Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice, says the prescription use of naloxone is an important public health advancement. Parts of Kentucky have been hit by a heroin abuse scourge.

Freeman says the initiative will help ensure pharmacists have proper training in providing naloxone.

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