Press Release – Apr 16, 2018
The U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory earlier this month encouraging Americans to carry naloxone, which can reverse the opioid overdoses that kill a person every 12½ minutes in this country. Dr. Jerome Adams urged people who are at risk of suffering an opioid overdose, as well as their friends and family, should carry naloxone on them at all times. The Surgeon General has not issued an advisory for 13 years. In 2005 the advisory was regarding drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
The EMTs, police officers, firefighters, as well as hospitals, are equipped with Naloxone and use it to save lives every day. What the Surgeon General wants is to educate the public not only about the dangers of opioid use but that the overdoses are occurring all around them, many right in their own homes. If the public takes to heart the education regarding the opioid crisis, the fact that it hits every age, demographic, economic level, and race, the odds of someone they know struggling with addiction is almost inevitable. Many lives can be and will be saved the more people who carry and know how to use naloxone. Many fire stations around the country are providing information and help with naloxone. City officials are holding educational meetings for anyone who wants to learn how to administer it and quite often free kits are given out at those meetings. People should check with their local communities and ask for a training session to be scheduled.
There is criticism that naloxone enables addicts to continue using opioids even after several overdoses. Dr. Adams and other health officials liken naloxone to CPR or an Epi-Pen. Once an individual is treated with naloxone, they are not just left on their own. They are given further medical treatment and are treated as someone who has a chronic disease because that is what addiction is. It is not a moral failing and the stigma needs to be lifted so more people suffering from addiction will seek treatment. Be sure to look for the signs of addiction, and address the situation before a tragedy happens.
Author: Kevin Leonard
Organization: The Recover
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