Coker Hampton donates life saving medicine

An Arkansas County pharmacist has donated life-saving Narcan to city and county law enforcement officials.

By Eplunus Brooks Colvin
Stuttgart Daily Leader

With the opioid epidemic sweeping across Arkansas and prescription drugs being the main driver of overdose deaths, James Bethea, a pharmacist at Coker Hampton, wanted to do something about it.

Bethea donated Narcan nasal spray, the first and only FDA- approved life-saving medicine that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose, to both city and county law enforcement.

“It wasn’t in the budget this year for county or city but it is vital for our officers to have it,” said Bethea.

Narcan can be purchased over the counter with no prescription and can cost as much as $132 for 1 box which includes 4 mg of the nasal spray.

According to Narcan’s official website, because opioids affect the part of the brain that regulates breathing, opioids in high doses can lead to severe breathing problems, unresponsiveness and potentially, death. Read more.

Photo: Arkansas County Sheriff's Deputy Charles Leech accepts a Narcan donation.

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