OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Fentanyl overdoses are now the leading cause of death for those 18 to 45, according to a recent analysis of CDC data.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and some area pharmacies are working together to combat the rising number of opioid-related fatalities.
Nebraskans can get Narcan, a nasal spray that counters the effects of an opioid overdose at no cost through pharmacies that participate in the Naloxone Distribution Program.
"It's a life-saving medication, just like having an Epi-Pen if you're — have some severe anaphylactic
reaction," said Brandon Platt, a pharmacist at Kohll's RX. "Having that resource available, knowing that you're able to use it or you have it that somebody else can use on you is essential, and I don't think that it should be stigmatized."
The program started last year and is expanding to more locations throughout the state.