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Expanded Access to Naloxone: Options for Critical Response to the Epidemic of Opioid Overdose Mortality

By Daniel Kim, Kevin S. Irwin and Kaveh Khoshnood

Abstract

The United States is in the midst of a prolonged and growing epidemic of accidental and preventable deaths associated with overdoses of licit and illicit opioids. For more than 3 decades, naloxone has been used by emergency medical personnel to pharmacologically reverse overdoses. The peers or family members of overdose victims, however, are most often the actual first responders and are best positioned to intervene within an hour of the onset of overdose symptoms

Topics: Health Policy and Ethics
Publisher: American Public Health Association
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2661437
Provided by: PubMed Central
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