Should heroin rescue drug be available to everyone?

May 14, 2014
by Lynn Walsh
Scripps/Kitsap Sun

In October, the Trust for America’s Health listed 10 measures states could implement to combat prescription drug abuse. Only two states, New Mexico and Vermont, have adopted all 10 of the recommendations, which include support for naloxone use and good samaritan or immunity laws for an individual seeking help for themselves or others experiencing an overdose.

States and local agencies across the country have initiated programs to expand access to, and use of, naloxone for overdosing individuals given by non-trained medical professionals.

Naloxone can be injected in the muscle, vein or under the skin. It can also be sprayed into the nose. It wears off in 20 to 90 minutes and although it is is a prescription drug, it is not a controlled substance and has no abuse potential, according to an October 2013 report from Trust for America’s Health, a national health nonprofit.

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