It will soon be easier to get the opioid-overdose antidote Narcan.
Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a standing order Monday to stock the emergency treatment Narcan at Rite Aid stores in New Hampshire.
“I’m very grateful that Rite Aid stepped up here and is leading the way for New Hampshire pharmacies,” Hassan said.
With the order from the Department of Health and Human Services, anyone can now buy Narcan at Rite Aids across the state. The cost will be $50. The kit will include two doses of Narcan, two atomizers and instructions.
Not every Rite Aid will necessarily have the Narcan that day, but they can all order it or tell customers what Rite Aid stores have it.
The move is the latest effort to fight what Hassan calls the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing the state. Earlier this year, Hassan signed legislation allowing doctors to prescribe Narcan to families and loved ones of addicts.
In September, health officials made 4,500 Narcan kits available at community health centers.
Hassan said she hopes people closest to addicts will be able to help in the case of an overdose.
“The pharmacist will train people about how to administer it and what to do after they give a dose of Narcan,” Hassan said. “We are losing almost a person a day to overdoses, especially to Fentanyl right now. Narcan allows somebody to administer a drug safely to pull somebody out of an overdose.”
A spokesman for Rite Aid said the company is committed to helping reduce overdose deaths.
There are 68 Rite Aid stores in New Hampshire.