You can now get Narcan without a prescription. A Fall River pharmacist tells you what you need to know

FALL RIVER — The antidote that can halt an overdose will be available without a prescription in Massachusetts pharmacies, giving those who battle addiction and their families a simplified method of potentially saving a life.

In a legislative act signed by Gov. Charlie Baker, the state Department of Public Health has issued a statewide standing order allowing pharmacies to dispense naloxone without a prescription to any person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose, as well as to their family members, friends or others, according to the governor’s press office.