Correal discusses in her article the expectations of people in obtaining naloxone from pharmacies in New York without the need for prescriptions and its reality

Correal discusses in her article the expectations of people in obtaining naloxone from pharmacies in New York without the need for prescriptions and its reality (2018, p. 1). She says that people have expected to be able to acquire naloxone from retail pharmacies easily as the government and the city public awareness campaigns have stated that people are allowed to get naloxone from certain pharmacies without the need for prescription (Correal, 2018, p. 1). However, upon interviews with people and further research of The New York Times, it was found that pharmacies give different reasons as to why they could not dispense naloxone, some of which were about how the pharmacies do not have naloxone in stock, or that a prescription was needed while some pharmacies were confused about naloxone dispensing protocol (Correal, 2018, p. 1). These events lead Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the city’s health commissioner, to contact the stores in the list of participating pharmacies and send workers to clear the confusion regarding dispensing of naloxone which in turn lead different pharmacy chains to start reviewing their protocol with their personnel (Correal, 2018, p. 1).
The article shows the efforts of the city and government in making the public aware about naloxone treatments for drug overdose as well as the challenges faced by the city in making naloxone publicly accessible. However, the article seems to criticize the city and its programs in addition to the pharmacies as the author constantly provided accounts of people not being able to acquire naloxone despite the city’s claims. Correal talks at length about the disappointing events of pharmacies not dispensing naloxone and only discusses briefly the reasons that pharmacies give as to why they could not dispense naloxone without prescriptions. The article could provide a better understanding of the situation if Correal also fully explains the pharmacies’ reasons and gives the pharmacies in question a chance to justify their reasons.

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