CVS is Wilton’s only Narcan-dispensing pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy at 93 Old Ridgefield Road is the only pharmacy in Wilton that is able to dispense naloxone, also known as Narcan, according to the Connecticut Open Data database. The only other pharmacy is in Stop & Shop.

Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent overdose by opioids like heroin, morphine and oxycodone.

Norwalk and Stamford each have 10 Naloxone-dispensing pharmacies — the most per municipality in Fairfield County — followed by:

  • Bridgeport: 9.

  • Danbury: 8.

  • Fairfield: 6.

  • Greenwich: 6.

  • Ridgefield: 4.

  • Bethel: 3.

  • Monroe: 3.

  • New Canaan: 3.

  • Stratford: 3.

  • Brookfield: 2.

  • Trumbull: 2.

  • Darien: 1.

  • New Fairfield: 1.

  • Newtown: 1.

  • Weston: 1.

  • Westport: 1.

  • Wilton: 1.

Easton, Redding, Shelton and Sherman are the only Fairfield County municipalities without Naloxone-dispensing pharmacies.

According to the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS), opioid abuse and misuse is at “unprecedented levels,” and although access to naloxone won’t solve the opioid problem, it does save lives.

The first naloxone distribution programs in the United States began in 1996, according to the DMHAS, and more than 26,000 overdoses had been reversed by June 2014.

When properly administered, naloxone works within two to five minutes and lasts for about 30 to 90 minutes, according to the DMHAS.

Connecticut law allows certified pharmacists, physicians, surgeons, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, and dentists to prescribe, dispense and administer naloxone.

New legislation

This year, Connecticut passed Public Act 16-43, An Act Concerning Opioids and Access to Overdose Reversal Drugs, which:

  • Applies a seven-day limit on opioid prescriptions.

  • Allows licensed health care professionals (LHCPs) to administer naloxone without fear of civil liability, criminal prosecution, or violating standards of their profession.

  • Requires municipalities to revise their emergency medical services plans and ensure that their designated first responders are trained on and equipped with naloxone.

  • Requires pharmacies to enter information into the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System (CPMRS) by the next business day for all dispensed controlled substances and veterinarians to submit information at least once a week.

  • No longer requires that a prescriber’s authorized agent be a LHCP.

Past legislation

In 2011, Connecticut passed Public Act 11-210, which protects people who call 911 seeking emergency medical services for an overdose from arrest for possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

In 2012, Connecticut passed a Narcan law allowing prescribers to prescribe, dispense or administer Narcan to any person in order to prevent or treat a drug overdose. It also protects prescribers from civil liabilities and criminal prosecutions.

In 2014, Connecticut extended civil liability and criminal prosecution protection to a person who administers Narcan in response to an overdose.

Connecticut’s 2015 legislation allows pharmacists who have been trained or certified to prescribe and dispense Narcan directly to customers requesting it, and requires pharmacists to educate customers on how to use Narcan.

Click here to learn more about Connecticut’s Opioid Overdose Prevention/Naloxone Initiative.