OTC Opioids and Opiates
You would be surprised how often this question comes up. People want to know if they can walk in to a drug store and buy opioids without a prescription. While you may have heard that opioid-like products exist over the counter, The fact is you would need a time machine to truly find OTC Opioids.
Where can you look for these powerful drugs on the shelves?
In order to find them, you would have to dial your time travel device back to the turn of the 20th century. In the early 1900s, one of the most dangerous and addicting opioids was being sold by pharmacists over the counter. Unfortunately, This led to an increase in levels of addiction.
Where did the OTC Opioids go?
The US government, in an effort to reduce drug abuse, introduced a law to prevent OTC Opioids from being sold. So, the opiates that filled pharmacy store shelves went away. While you may think all drugs should be legal, many would disagree. History has shown that society may be better off with dangerous drugs being illegal or, at least, a lot harder for people to obtain.
What is the name of that powerful OTC Opioid?
Incredibly, it was heroin! Yes, the Bayer corporation encouraged pharmacists to sell heroin to customers. In fact, you can still find the old ads online.
What about Suboxone and Subutex? Can these drugs be found over the counter?
The short answer to this question is no, you cannot find them on shelves. In order to get these addiction treatment drugs, you must go to a special doctor for help. Yet, it is still a good question. There have been experts who have suggested that addiction treatment drugs should be OTC.
So, what is the most powerful OTC Opioid available?
OTC generally means that you can buy a drug without a prescription. A stated in this article, in certain states, it is possible to buy a very potent drug that binds strongly to opioid receptors without a prescription. If you want to buy this drug, you will have to speak to your pharmacist. Then, you may buy this drug and take it home.
Why would pharmacists sell an OTC Opioid these days?
First, it depends on what you mean by an opioid. One way to define this class of drugs is to say that it includes anything that binds to the opioid receptors. Fortunately, the drug in question here does not kill people. In fact, it saves lives. The name of this drug that you can buy in many states without seeing a doctor is known as Naloxone, or Narcan. This powerful drug binds strongly to opioid receptors. It can reverse an overdose and save a life. If there is anyone in your home who uses opioids, it is a good idea to have Narcan on hand. As recommended by this expert, we may soon see Narcan on building walls, next to the fire extinguishers. This is known as Harm Reduction.