Hy-Vee pharmacies implement new controlled substance prescription policy

(KSFY) - Hy-Vee has implemented a new controlled substance policy.

The policy comes as a response to help combat the national opioid epidemic.

The pharmacy will no longer allow certain drug refills more than 72 hours early without authorization.

“The opioid epidemic in the United States claims the lives of more than 100 people every day, and Hy-Vee is continually working to assist in the fight,” said Kristin Williams, senior vice president and chief health officer for Hy-Vee, said in a press release. “Implementing this 72-hour policy is one more step toward combating the opioid epidemic in communities throughout the eight states we serve.”

Hy-Vee offers naloxone, the drug that helps reverse an opioid overdose without a prescription.

The police went into effect Jan. 1.