Drug Overdose Deaths Reach 70,000 in U.S., Setting New Record
A new government report finds more than 70,000 people in the United States died of drug overdoses last year, setting a new record.
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.