Deaths From Drug Overdoses Likely Fell for First Time in Almost 30 Years
Drug overdose deaths appear to have fallen for the first time in almost 30 years, according to preliminary figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.