More Americans are dying from drug overdoses than from traffic accidents.The majority of those deaths are due to a swell in addiction to opioids—a category of drugs that includes heroin and painkillers like OxyContin.Since 1999 overdoses on these drugs have nearly quadrupled – prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to call the situation ‘an epidemic’.
‘When you look at the staggering statistics in terms of lives lost – productivity impacted – costs to communities – but most importantly – cost to families from this epidemic of opioids abuse – it has to be something that is right up there at the top of our radar screen’ President Barack Obama said earlier this month at a conference to combat prescription drug abuse.
‘I think the public doesn’t fully appreciate yet the scope of the problem’.
Naloxone – an injectable drug that can save a user’s life by reversing the effects of opiates has long been standard in emergency room treatments for narcotic overdoses.
But it’s been largely unavailable outside hospitals – leaving users who can’t make it to the nearest emergency room with little recourse.
That’s now changing.
Because of the growing tally of overdose deaths law enforcement officers – paramedics and even users themselves are getting more access to the reversal drug.
Here is everything you need to know about naloxone – the overdose antidote.
(ed:..so much of the bullshit/delaying-tactic spread by professional bullshit-spreader peter dunne..on drugs…is this ‘safety’ thing he goes on about..insisting that ruinously expensive big-pharma takes on cannabis are the only way to go because they are ‘tested’..
keeping in mind we are talking cannabis here..(overdose-deaths from cannabis..?..zero/zilch/nada..) yet dunne (i call him dung) spins that any medicinal-marijuana has to undergo clinical-trials in nz..and that (surprise surprise !!)..drug companies aren’t lining up to do this..
..(i give dung a special cynicism-award for pitching that angle/reason to do nothing..)
..but anyway..this piece isn’t about cannabis..and the delaying tactics on pot dung is using on behalf of his long-term paymasters..the booze-pushers…(it’s a patch-protection exercises..as colorado has proven that cannabis legalisation sees a drop in alcohol-consumption..(and the assorted assaults/crimes/domestic-violence associated with that vile drug..)..and this is why dung is dragging the chain..every extra day of delay is good news for the bottom line of those alcohol-pushers..it’s really as simple as that..)
..but anyway..this is about opiate-overdoses/deaths..and the ‘miracle’-drug naxalone..which brings the overdosed back from the dead..
..now..if dung wasn’t just full of bullshit..and really did care about ‘safety’/harm-reduction..then surely he would insist this drug be widely/easily available at needle-exhange-centres/pharmacies etc..as an ambulance at the top of the cliff..you’d think..?
..but he won’t..he probably hasn’t even heard of it…(and if he has..why the fuck has he done nothing about..?
he is just a total bullshit-artist..that dunne…with his ‘safety’ fretting/hand-wringing about pot..
..and his uncaring towards those suffering now..
but..hey..!..if naxalone was a drug that had a side-effect that made people drink more alcohol..?..his paymasters would no doubt alert him..with a fast-track request..
..now those thinking i am being hard on dung should realise i haven’t even gone near how he was the fool/clown who brought us the unhealthy/head-fucking-muck that was legal-highs…eh..?..
..but seriously..naxalone is a no-brainer..
..it brings the overdosed back from the dead..
..why haven’t we got it yet..?..
disclaimer:..i have got a neighbour/friend who is in the final stages of cancer..and she gets relief from cannabis that she cannot get from morphine..
..how about that..?..you uncaring-prick dung..!..)