Naloxone Debate: FDA Hears Testimony About Making an Overdose Antidote Nonprescription
Parents testified at an open meeting called by the FDA to consider whether the lifesaving antidote to opioid overdose — a non-addictive, non-toxic drug called
naloxone (Narcan) — should be made available over-the-counter, so that everyone can keep it in their first aid kit, just in case.
The meeting was sponsored by the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, whose director, Dr. Nora Volkow, has said that she supports making the drug available without a prescription.
Source: Time Healthland.com – April 13, 2012
Antidote (Naloxone) Hard To Find As Heroin Death Toll Rises
In the face of the rising death toll, the state of Washington in 2010 made the lifesaving opiate antidote Naloxone available by prescription. The drug, also known by several brand names, has long been used by paramedics and emergency-room doctors to pull overdose victims back from the brink of death.
It’s legal, but it’s not widely available, said Caleb Banta-Green, a research scientist at the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. “It’s an issue of needing enough demand. People don’t know to ask for it,” he said.
Source: Yakima-Herald.com – April 6, 2012