Last updated on: 6/1/2020 12:40:31 PM PST
Should the Availability of Naloxone (Narcan) Be Expanded to Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses?
Between 1999 and 2018, there were almost 450,000 opioid overdose deaths from prescription and street drugs. Naloxone (Narcan) is an opioid antagonist drug that can reverse an opioid overdose if it is administered in time. The drug is available as an injectable, an autoinjectable, and a nasal spray. Only paramedics, ER doctors, and other trained responders may administer the injectable. In some states friends, family members, and other community members are allowed to administer the autoinjectable and the nasal spray. Between 1996 and June 2014, Naloxone reversed over 26,000 opioid overdoses. Increased access to the drug results in 14% fewer opioid deaths, with the possibility to prevent up to 21%.
"Biden will invest $10 billion to provide local communities with the tools needed to prevent overdoses and respond to emergencies emanating from this crisis.
Ensure local communities have a sufficient supply of overdose prevention drugs. Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose, making it a critical tool in the fight to save lives. Biden will expand grants to states for the purchase of Naloxone to be distributed to local community actors called upon to respond to overdoses, including first responders, public health providers, and the staff at homeless shelters and public libraries. "
Source: Joe Biden, "The Biden Plan to End the Opioid Crisis," joebiden.com (accessed Apr. 27, 2020)
Yes. Government bureaucrats should never be allowed to stand in the way of individuals and their health choices."
Source: Communication from the Jorgensen campaign to ProCon.org on Aug. 26, 2020
"The Administration has taken steps to expand the supply of lifesaving naloxone to first responders nationwide.
Source: White House, "President Donald J. Trump Is Fighting to End the Opioid Crisis That Has Devastated Too Many American Communities," whitehouse.gov, Apr. 24, 2020
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"Decriminalization and drug treatment on demand are the best way to stem the epidemic of deaths from opioid overdoses."
Source: Howie Hawkins, "Green Party of Colorado Questionnaire," howiehawkins.us (accessed July 2, 2020)
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