Deaths Due to Drug Use Rose More than 600 Percent in 35 Years
A new study of every county in the United States finds deaths due to drug use increased more than 600 percent between 1980 and 2014.
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.