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Friday, April 27, 2012

Naloxone More Widely Distributed

In the past if someone overdosed on opiates there was not a whole lot that could be done. With the creation of the drug Naloxone a number of lives have been saved. The drug is being distributed to people who use drugs more widely these days, according to the Associated Press.

There are a number of people who believe that making the antidote for overdoses easily available could make people less likely to seek treatment, despite the fact it saves lives.
In the past few years, Naloxone has been distributed free to opioid users and their loved ones, in a growing number of sites around the country.

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that distributing Naloxone, and training people in how to use it, could save many lives. It reversed more than 10,000 drug overdoses since 1996, according to the CDC report. Naloxone is not effective in treating drug overdoses that do not involve opioids.

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have programs to distribute naloxone in the community.

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