Accidental overdose deaths are on the rise across the country, including in the Commonwealth.
A study from Stateline found accidental overdoses are now the leading cause of death in people under the age of 40 in Kentucky. This comes as Narcan becomes newly available at pharmacies nationwide.
Studies show in over half the overdose deaths, fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin, was found in their system.
Narcan counteracts the opioid and can save the lives when administered in time. Earlier this month, Narcan became available to purchase at pharmacies across the country. It is still relatively expensive for the average person to buy at about $45 for a two-pack. However, there are some emergency stations that hand it out free on an as-needed basis.