More Americans Than Ever Dying From Alcohol, Drugs and Suicide
More than 150,000 Americans died from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017—the highest number since the federal government started collecting such data in 1999, USA Today reports.
A variety of drugs and drug combinations carry the risk of fatal overdose. Emergency protocol for any suspected overdose includes calling 911. However, in the case of opioids, which includes heroin and prescription pain medications like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet, naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) can reverse an overdose, potentially saving a loved one’s life.