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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An over-dose reversal drug called Naloxone, often known by the brand name Narcan is now available over the counter in Texas.

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Available as a nasal spray, a pre-loaded injectable shot or in a vial easily administered by syringe, Narcan is in Walgreen stores statewide. Until now the it was only available by prescription.

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The drug reverses the effects of an overdose by blocking the brain’s opioid receptors. It’s not a cure but it does create a window of time where someone who might otherwise die can instead receive emergency care.

The death rate for overdoses in Texas rose 80 percent between 1999 and 2014.

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