CVS pharmacies in Colorado will sell an antidote to opioid overdose, no prescription required

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Facing a heroin and painkiller overdose epidemic, CVS pharmacies in Colorado will now offer an opioid antidote.

CVS Health announced yesterday that it "established a standing order with physicians" to allow them to make the drug, naloxone, available without a prescription.

Opioid overdoses cause the respiratory system to slow to the point of failure, and naloxone works by reversing that effect, keeping people conscious enough to get help.

Colorado CVS pharmacies are now among locations in 30 other states to provide easier access to the potentially life-saving medication.

Here are the Denver-area CVS locations:

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