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Gov. Cuomo announces no-cost or low-cost naloxone at pharmacies

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ALBANY, NY (WRGB)--A first-in-the-nation program to provide no-cost or lower-cost naloxone at pharmacies across New York.

Starting Wednesday, people with prescription health insurance coverage, including Medicaid and Medicare, will receive up to $40 in co-payment assistance, resulting in reduced cost or no cost for this lifesaving medicine.

Uninsured individuals and individuals without prescription coverage will still be able to receive naloxone at no cost through New York's network of registered opioid overdose prevention programs.

"This first-in-the-nation program will help put this lifesaving treatment in more hands and is one more prong in this administration's efforts to battle heroin and opioid abuse," Governor Cuomo said. "This is one more step toward a stronger, healthier New York for all."

Naloxone is a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses.

"Naloxone is very effective at reversing opioid overdoses. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York State has taken comprehensive actions to stem the tide of opioid abuse, from increasing the number of treatment beds to making important health insurance reforms to eliminate barriers to accessing substance use services. The new copayment assistance program will make naloxone more available in communities across New York and save lives," said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

New Yorkers can find co-payment information at pharmacy counters across the state here.

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