People at High Risk of Opioid Overdose Rarely Receive Prescriptions for Naloxone

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People at high risk of opioid overdose rarely receive prescriptions for naloxone despite numerous interactions with the health care system, according to a new study.

Prescribing naloxone in emergency departments, hospitals and outpatient settings can improve access to the opioid overdose antidote, the researchers report in JAMA Network Open.

The study found only 1.5 percent of high-risk patients are prescribed naloxone.

“We expected to see a low number, but what we found was very surprising,” study coauthor Dr. Mai Tuyet Pho of the University of Chicago Medical Center told Reuters. “Naloxone is very, very much underutilized in the healthcare setting. This presents a huge opportunity for healthcare providers to talk to their patients, particularly those at risk for overdose, about naloxone and how to use it.”

How to Use Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose and Save Lives

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.

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    Debbie Ligo

    May 12, 2019 at 12:25 AM

    I do believe the Judges are so judgemental that a person that is really tryinh there best to overcome there addiction is irrelevant to a Judge or Prosecutor! They set them up for failure, they just add to the problem…

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