Surgeon General Jerome Adams is issuing a rare public health advisory on Thursday, calling for friends and family of people at risk for opioid overdoses to carry the OD-reversal medication naloxone. He likened the treatment to other livesaving interventions, such as knowing how to perform CPR or use an EpiPen.
The recommendation comes in the form of a surgeon general’s advisory, a tool used to draw attention to major public health issues. The last one, focused on drinking during pregnancy, was issued in 2005.
“What makes this one of those rare moments is we’re facing an unprecedented drug epidemic,” Adams told STAT in a phone interview Wednesday.
the naloxone is not available in us or is it?
As a reader in Florida on the campus a university, everywhere I look, this treatment is both expensive and available by prescription only. Anyone hearing of a more comprehensive plan to make available this plan that we are implored to carry?
And on the front page of the Metro section of the Boston Globe, which also carried this article by this article by Andrew Joseph, it says that Narcan’s price is up 78% for local agencies.
Once again, Big Pharma strikes.
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