Naloxone Saves Lives…maybe someone you know
Already, efforts at expanding Naloxone availability are succeeding. For example, while the FDA requires a prescription, many states allow pharmacists to dispense the medication without one. Several national pharmacy chains, such as CVS and Walgreens, have also increased their supply of Naloxone.
What kind of impact might a greater availability of Naloxone on the number of fatal opioid overdoses?
In July 2014, officers in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department became the first law enforcement officers in the state of California to be issued Naloxone kits. The results?
- 2012: San Diego County paramedics used Naloxone 353 times.
- 2015: Naloxone was administered 1340 times.
According to the national advocacy group The Harm Reduction Coalition, 152,283 laypeople were given Naloxone kits between 1996 and mid-2014. 26,463 opioid overdoses were reversed.
Attacking the Problem of Opioid Deaths
Preventing the loss of life due to opioid abuse requires cooperative efforts across the board. Besides administering Naloxone kits, other measures may include:
- Education and prevention initiatives
- Drug Take-Back Days
- Evidence-Based Practices as part of addiction recovery
- Revamped prescribing guidelines
- Alternative options for pain management
If you live in Southern California, opioid addiction recovery services are offered by Lasting Recovery, CARF–accredited outpatient drug rehab program in San Diego.
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