“Friends and family members have saved the lives of tens of thousands of narcotic drug users from overdoses by using emergency injection kits containing naloxone (Narcan) — a medication that can potentially reverse the effects of some narcotic drugs, a new federal report says.
Almost 27,000 drug-overdose reversals using Narcan kits were reported to U.S. health officials between 1996 and 2014, according to the report.
“Overdoses are often witnessed by other drug users and family members of drug users,” said lead researcher Eliza Wheeler, DOPE Project Manager at the Harm Reduction Coalition in Oakland, Calif.
The government report, “Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs Providing Naloxone to Laypersons — United States, 2014” can be accessed at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6423a2.htm?s_cid=mm6423a2_e
Source: HealthDay.com – June 18, 2015