In the News: Naloxone Can Save Lives

Lately there’s been a lot of discussion and news coverage of naloxone (also known as Narcan). This is a drug that can be administered to a person who has overdosed on opiates (derived naturally from opium) or opioids (synthetic opiates). These include heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Vicodin, methadone, and many other pain medications. There are various ways to administer naloxone, including a device that pretty much automatically injects naloxone if you just hold it against the body. It even has a voice that gives you instructions. Another type of naloxone administration will send a jet of the drug up a person’s…

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Opiate Addiction on the Increase Now that Prescription Drugs are Harder to Get

For the last decade or so, agencies like the National Institute on Drug Abuse have reported on increases in prescription drug abuses by America’s young people. By the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, prescription drug abuse among young people was second only to marijuana abuse. And of prescription drug abuse, opiate pain relievers was in first place. This means that these highly addictive drugs are contributing greatly to the number of young people seeking rehabilitation for their opiate addictions. Opiate addiction is not likely to start trending down unless these people can find an effective rehabilitation program…

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