Lawmakers, officials push for expanded use of heroin antidote
June 23, 2014
by Jameson Cook
“If the addicts or the (store) pharmacy had it on hand, it could have been administered sooner and perhaps saved his life,” she said.
The Network for Public Health Law supports greater availability of naloxone as heroin use and overdoses increase. The Network says its use is increasing across the nation; 20 states allow third-party prescriptions for Narcan. In addition, more than 50,000 people – non first responders -- in the United States have been trained by 188 community groups, and have reversed 10,000 overdoses, according to Trust for America’s Health, a research organization.
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