The director of Department of Public Health’s Opioids Initiatives, Kevin Gabbert, says they have partnered with the University of Iowa to offer the naloxone — also known as Narcan — for those who couldn’t afford them.
“The problem is a cost for a prescription could be upwards of 150 dollars for a two dose kit. For many individuals, that’s a significant cost,” Gabbert says. He says the goal is simple. “What we’re doing is we’re trying to make sure that any individual any Iowa that wants to have a Narcan kit — because they’re concerned about someone who uses opioids — has one,” Gabbert says.
The Health Department says 137 Iowans died of an opioid overdose last year. Anyone interested in getting a free kit can go to naloxoneiowa.org to schedule a video consultation with a pharmacist.
(Thanks to Natalie Krebs, Iowa Public Radio)