“Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than car crashes, guns, and even HIV/AIDS at its peak in the 1990s — a startling result of the country’s opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic.
The good news is new research shows there are some ways to combat the epidemic. Specifically, a study published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found that improving access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone is linked to a 9 to 11 percent reduction in opioid-related deaths. (This would amount to around 3,500 averted deaths nationwide each year.)”
Source: Vox.com – February 27, 2017