Smith's in Reno to sell antidote for opioid overdose

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Smith's Food and Drug in Reno says it will now carry and sell without prescription an antidote for opioid overdose.

The grocery chain says it will carry Naloxone, which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, at all of its Nevada pharmacies. It comes in either a nasal spray or injection, and it can block and reverse the effects of an overdose.

The stores' pharmacists have also been trained to help customers use the antidote and how to spot warning signs of an overdose.

"The opioid overdose death rate continues to grow, so it’s imperative that our pharmacies offer a drug that can help reduce this epidemic," Smith’s pharmacist Dan Heller said in a statement.

More than 50,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses in 2016, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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