U.S. Drug-Related Death Rate Highest Among Group of Developed Nations
The United States has the highest rate of drug-related deaths among a group of 13 developed nations, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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.