The opioid epidemic continues to have deadly outcomes for people across the country. The impacts of this epidemic are felt not only by the loved ones of those affected by this crisis but by communities at large that struggle to get people the help they need.
The American Heart Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologists recommend making Naloxone, an overdose reversal drug, available to all– not just health professionals and emergency responders. However, granting access to this life-saving drug is not enough. Community members must be educated on proper Naloxone use to avoid dangerous side effects.