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May 22/29, 2018

Increasing Naloxone Awareness and Use: The Role of Health Care Practitioners

Author Affiliations
  • 1US Public Health Service
JAMA. 2018;319(20):2073-2074. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.4867

The Office of the Surgeon General has released a public health advisory for the first time in more than a decade in response to the alarming escalation of opioid overdose deaths across the country. Despite evidence of the effectiveness of naloxone in reducing opioid overdose deaths, awareness of the drug’s benefits and its possession and use among patients, prescribers, community bystanders, and even first responders in some areas remains limited. To fill this gap and to leverage naloxone provided in the community to deal with the ongoing national opioid emergency, the April 5, 2018, Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose1 explains the importance of knowing how to use and keeping within reach this potentially life-saving medication.

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