BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts cities and towns can begin purchasing the overdose reversal drug naloxone at a discounted rate.
Attorney General Maura Healey made the announcement Wednesday, at the start of the holiday season.
Healey said the holidays are traditionally a time when overdose rates have spiked.
The state’s Naloxone Bulk Purchasing Trust Fund allows first responders to buy naloxone — also known as Narcan — at a deeply discounted rate of $20 per dose.
They can also have the drug, along with an atomization delivery device, sent to them.
Healey said that until now municipalities have been paying from $33 to $67 per dose of the drug, not including the cost of the atomizer.
Naloxone has become a critical life-saving tool as the state’s opioid overdose numbers have spiked in recent years.