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Deval Patrick
Md. pharmacies to stock heroin antidote
Md. pharmacies to stock heroin antidote

As Gov.-elect Larry Hogan pledged to declare a "state of emergency" to combat the spike in heroin-related deaths, state officials said Tuesday that about 140 pharmacies in 22 counties have agreed to stock a powerful overdose antidote. The agreement with CVS Health, Safeway and Walgreens, as well as some smaller businesses, is part of a broader push in Maryland and elsewhere to make the overdose-reversing drug, known as naloxone or narcan, easier to access. The state changed rules in October for the Medicaid drug benefit to allow doctors to write prescriptions for naloxone without preauthorization. Officials also sent letters to doctors urging them to prescribe naloxone to those...