“US Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Thursday issued a nationwide advisory — the first from his office in 13 years — for more people to get access to and training for the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.
“Be prepared. Get naloxone. Save a life,” the advisory states.
Adams unvailed the message at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, a meeting of public health experts and law enforcement officials all grappling with an epidemic of fatal overdoses across the country that killed more than 63,000 people in 2016.
The report compiled by the CDC pulled data from the National Vital Statistics System, analyzing drug overdose deaths in the 31 states and the District of Columbia which regularly identify the type of drug involved in mortality files.”
Source: BuzzFeed.com – April 4, 2016
See related article: Increasing Naloxone Awareness and Use The Role of Health Care Practitioners published April 5, in Journal of the American Medical Association available at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2678206
For additional information about the advisory from the Surgeon General go to: https://www.surgeongeneral.gov/
See related article on overdoses: Addiction Drug’s Side Effect: More Overdoses? – Researchers suggest people getting Vivitrol shots may be more susceptible to a fatal overdose if they halt the regimen early and resume using opiates available at: https://www.propublica.org/article/vivitrol-addiction-drug-side-effect-more-overdoses
See related article: CDC director pledges to bring opioid epidemic ‘to its knees’ – but what is he ACTUALLY going to do? available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5562821/CDC-director-pledges-bring-opioid-epidemic-knees-ACTUALLY-going-do.html#ixzz5BYJlffJ1