Surgeon general says more consumers should carry opioid antidote Naloxone

07 April, 2018, 05:06 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Americans urged to carry overdose antidote

Naloxone, commonly known under its brand name, Narcan, can quickly revive an opioid overdose patient who has slowed or stopped breathing.

"If you or someone you know is at risk for an overdose, carry and know how to use easy to use, lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose", the surgeon general explains.

"Each day, we lose 115 Americans to an opioid overdose - that's one person every 12.5 minutes", said Adams. The last one, focused on drinking during pregnancy, was issued in 2005.

The surgeon general says the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. have doubled from 21,000 in 2010 to 42,000 in 2016.

The HEAL plan will fund new imaging technology to identify new targets to treat chronic pain, study genetic and social factors that increase the risk of opioid abuse and addiction, pursue public-private partnerships to develop non-addictive pain medication, and provide more funding for clinical trials to develop new non-addictive pain medications.

Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said that anything which could save lives is important, but he feels people need to be properly trained before administering naloxone to help someone they think is in a life-threatening emergency.

Because naloxone is available only by prescription, most states have developed workarounds to make it more available to patients and, in some cases, third parties who have proximity to medical and non-medical opioid users.

Adams said naloxone will not single-handedly solve the opioid crisis and should instead be used "in conjunction with expanded access to evidence-based treatment".

"People are overdosing and being brought back to life with Narcan and only to encounter that individual again a week later who overdosed again", said Dyer. Still, there are challenges, he said.

Around 95 percent of insured Americans are covered to buy naloxone, while the uninsured can often get it through local public health programs, with the US Surgeon general pushing for more public funds to increase access.

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Naloxone is now carried by emergency responders in the US.

Simon added that people are regularly encouraged to learn how to perform CPR or the Heimlich maneuver to render aid to someone - even a stranger - who might require assistance.

Many EMTs and police officers already carry the drug with them, but now it's time that more of the general public does, he said.

Local health organizations say this is a step in the right direction, though there's still more work to do to combat the epidemic that took 959 lives in Colorado in 2017, according to preliminary data from a statewide nonprofit.

Naloxone has been largely credited for the 8 percent drop in fatal overdoses in the Bay State past year.

Although the drug is available to first responders, Adams said individuals should keep it on hand.

The necessity of recovery treatment to end the opioid epidemic is a point on which seemingly all agree. If you got any concern about a family member who is dealing with an opioid addiction, really, we encourage everybody to have it.

One-hundred-twenty people in Berks County died from an opioid overdose a year ago, according to representatives with the Council on Chemical Abuse, or COCA.

Being recently released from incarceration with a history of opioid misuse or opioid use disorder.



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