DUNWOODY, Ga. — Three years ago, with the opioid epidemic taking off, police officers in this affluent Atlanta suburb noticed an uptick in overdoses. Sgt. Robert Parsons rushed to equip his fellow officers with a lifesaving tool: the opioid antidote naloxone.
He stumbled across a drug company that was donating free cartons of naloxone auto-injectors to police agencies, and placed an order online. Within months, he had revived a man. But the following spring, when another batch of naloxone arrived, he was surprised to find that the injectors were set to expire in four months.
“You don’t know what you’re getting until the boxes show up,” said Parsons, the Dunwoody department’s naloxone coordinator. “You might as well begin filling out the paperwork [right away] to get them replaced.”
Opioid prescriptions have shrunk substantially In the US, but the irony is opioid overdose deaths continue to hover at an all-time high. To cope up with this Teva Pharmaceuticals that specifically manufactures generic drugs will provide generic naloxone in the form of nasal spray, which can be used by anyone irrespective of training.
Really, Prof. Beletsky, destroying short-dated naloxone is more ethical than donating? Peculiar ethics as practiced at Northeastern U.
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