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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 11, 2015

Lay People Can Play Key Role in Reversing Drug Overdoses

JAMA. 2015;314(6):550. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.9007

Distributing kits with the opioid antagonist naloxone hydrochloride to drug users and other lay people has reversed more than 26 000 potentially fatal drug overdoses in the United States since 1996, according to a recent study. Although the number of sites distributing the kits has increased by 243% since 2010, the investigators indicated that too few people use naloxone to prevent fatal overdoses from prescription opioids, which account for a higher percentage of deaths than heroin (Wheeler E et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64[23]:631-635).

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